archon

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἄρχων (árkhōn), a noun use of the present participle of ἄρχειν (árkhein, to rule).

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archon (plural archontes or archons)

  1. A chief magistrate of ancient Athens.
    • 1980: Hated by the archons of Athens for his fearless condemnation of municipal graft, he was hypocritically arraigned on a charge of corrupting Athenian youth. (Burgess, Earthly Powers)
  2. A ruler, head of state or other leader.
    • 1922: But neither the midwife’s lore nor the caudlectures saved him from the archons of Sinn Fein and their noggin of hemlock. (Joyce, Ulysses)
  3. (Gnosticism) A supernatural being subordinate to the Demiurge.

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Latin[edit]

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 archon on Latin Wikipedia

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἄρχων (árkhōn).

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Noun[edit]

archōn m (genitive archontis); third declension

  1. archon

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative archōn archōntēs
genitive archōntis archōntum
dative archōntī archōntibus
accusative archōntem archōntēs
ablative archōnte archōntibus
vocative archōn archōntēs

References[edit]

  • archon in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • archon in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “archon”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • archon” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • archon in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[1]
  • archon in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • archon in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  • archon in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin