ἐλπίς

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

 

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
      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

Inflection[edit]

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Smyth's grammar as well as Goodwin's grammar have voc. ἐλπί.
Same problem might occur by terms ending in -ις, e.g. -ις (voc. -ις) and ἐφημερίς (from the suffix -ις, voc. -ι) are contradicting. BTW: Latin has voc. -i for feminine proper nouns from Greek with nom. -is, genitive -idis and -idos.”.
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