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σοφιστής

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The best may slip, and even the most cautious fall; but he is more than human who errors not at all.
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Ancient Greek

Etymology

From σοφίζω "I am wise" < σοφός "wise"

Pronunciation

  • (Classical): IPA: [sopʰistɛː́s]
  • (Koine): IPA: [so̞pʰistˈeːs]
  • (Byzantine): IPA: [soɸistˈis]

Noun

σοφιστής (genitive σοφιστοῦ) m, first declension; (sophistēs)

  1. A master of one's craft
  2. One who is wise, prudent, a philosopher
  3. teacher, tutor
  4. One who makes a profit off of false wisdom: cheat, swindler

Usage notes

The reputation of the teachers at Athens came into decline in the fifth century BC, and thus came the connotation of cheat. This varies with time in relation to the general approval or disapproval of the paid teachers.

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