From Proto-Indo-European *neḱ- (“perish, disappear”); see also Middle Welsh angheu (“death”), Breton ankou, Old Irish éc, Latin noxius (“harmful”), Latin noceō (“I hurt, harm”), Latin nex (“murder, violent death”) (as opposed to mors), Ancient Greek νέκυς (nékus, “a dead body”) and νεκρός (nekrós, “dead”), Old Persian 𐎻𐎴𐎰𐎹𐎫𐎹 (vi-nathayatiy, “he injures”), Avestan 𐬥𐬀𐬯𐬌𐬌𐬈𐬌𐬙𐬌 (nasiieiti, “disappears”), 𐬥𐬀𐬯𐬎 (nasu-, “corpse”), Sanskrit नश्यति (naśyati, “disappear, perish”).
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈne.koː/, [ˈnɛ.koː]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈne.ko/, [ˈneː.ko]
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- I kill, murder, especially without physical wounding such as by poison or hunger
- (figuratively) I thwart, check