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τέλος

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There's night and day, brother, both sweet things; sun, moon, and stars, brother, all sweet things; there's likewise a wind on the heath. Life is very sweet, brother; who would wish to die?
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Ancient Greek

Etymology

From τέλλω, "I accomplish".

Pronunciation

  • (Classical): IPA: [télos]
  • (Koine): IPA: [tˈɛlo̞s]
  • (Byzantine): IPA: [tˈelos]

Noun

τέλος (genitive τέλεος or τέλους); n, third declension; (telos)

  1. completion, accomplishment, fulfillment, perfection, consummation
  2. result, product
  3. end
  4. end of life: death
  5. boundary, border, extremity
  6. supreme power
  7. the highest government office: magistrate
  8. that which is ordered to be done: task, duty
  9. money paid to the government: tax, toll
  10. a person's property, according to which he was classed
  11. thus, generally: rank, class
  12. unit of soldiers: legion, company
  13. initiation (especially into mystery religions)
  14. mystery religion
  15. any religious ceremony

Inflection

References

Strong’s concordance number: G5056


Greek

Noun

τέλος (télos) n.

  1. finish (end)

Quotations

End:

  • ‘When the last of the Metopes was taken from the Parthenon, and, in moving of it, great part of the superstructure with one of the triglyphs was thrown down by the workmen whom Lord Elgin employed, the Disdar, who beheld the michief done to the building, took his pipe from his mouth, dropped a tear, and, in a supplicating tone of voice, said to Lusieri, τέλος!—I was present.’ — Dr Clarke, in a letter to Lord Byron.


This Greek entry was created from the translations listed at finish. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see τέλος in the Greek Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008

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