ἐλπίς

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *welp-, like ἔλπω (élpō, I cause to hope).

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Noun[edit]

ἐλπῐ́ς (elpísf (genitive ἐλπῐ́δος); third declension

  1. hope, expectation, belief that something will happen
    • 428 BCE – 347 BCE, Plato, Laws 644c
      πρὸς δὲ τούτοιν ἀμφοῖν αὖ δόξας μελλόντων, οἷν κοινὸν μὲν ὄνομα ἐλπίς, ἴδιον δέ, φόβος μὲν ἡ πρὸ λύπης ἐλπίς, θάρρος δὲ ἡ πρὸ τοῦ ἐναντίου
      pròs dè toútoin amphoîn aû dóxas mellóntōn, hoîn koinòn mèn ónoma elpís, ídion dé, phóbos mèn hē prò lúpēs elpís, thárrhos dè hē prò toû enantíou
      in addition to both of these, [each of us] also [possesses] opinions about things that will happen, for which the usual name is "expectation", and a particular [name]: the expectation before pain is fear, while [expectation] before the opposite is courage
  2. object of hope
  3. anxiety, boding

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