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Definition of "aorist" [a•o•rist]

  • A form of a verb in some languages, such as Classical Greek, that expresses action without indicating its completion or continuation. (noun)
  • A form of a verb in some languages, such as Classical Greek or Sanskrit, that in the indicative mood expresses past action. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "aorist" in a sentence
  • "It's in what's called the aorist tense, which is a technical way of saying that Jesus 'anger is a temporary feeling."
  • "While the 3sg hi-ending appears to come from the 'aorist', I am puzzled why you say this form has a *ē in the root."
  • "IEists for example volley terms about like "aorist" (aspectual or tensal?) and "markedness" (phonetic or inflectional?) within a variety of sometimes contradictory contexts and it's important to recognize the shades of subtlety."