Ἑλληνίζω

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From Ἕλλην ‎(Héllēn, Greek) +‎ -ίζω ‎(-ízō).

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Ἑλληνίζω ‎(Hellēnízō)

  1. I speak or write Greek (especially correct Greek)
    • 386 BCE – 367 BCE, Plato, Meno 82.b
      Σωκράτης   Ἕλλην μέν ἐστι καὶ ἑλληνίζει;
      Μένων   πάνυ γε σφόδρα, οἰκογενής γε.
      Socrates: Is [the slave boy] a Greek and speaks Greek?
      Meno: Very much so, in fact home-bred.
    • 389 BCE – 314 BCE, Aeschines, Against Ctesiphon 172
    • 60 BCE – 7 BCE, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Letter to Pompey 2.5
    • bad argument #1 to 'lc' (string expected, got nil)
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    • 160 CE – 210 CE, Sextus Empiricus, Against the Mathematicians 1.186
    1. I am Greek
    2. I speak common Greek (as opposed to the Attic dialect)
      • 316 BCE – 250 BCE, Posidippus Comicus, Harmost 28
        σὺ μὲν ἀττικίζεις ... οἱ δ᾽ Ἕλληνες ἑλληνίζομεν
        You speak Attic, but the Greeks speak Greek.
  2. I make Greek, Hellenize

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