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Entry for Strong's #2162 - εὐφημία

Word Origin
from (2163)
Parts of Speech
Noun Feminine
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. the utterance of good or auspicious words
  2. good report, praise
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (1) NAS (1) HCS (1)
2 Corinthians 1
2 Corinthians 1
2 Corinthians 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

εὐφημ-ία, ἡ,

use of words of good omen, opp. δυσφημία:

I abstinence from inauspicious language, religious silence, εὐφημίαν ἴσχε, = εὐφήμει, S. Tr. 178; εὐ. ἐσχηκέναι πρός τινα Pl. Lg. 717c; εὐφημία στω, eu)fhmi/a 'stw, as a proclamation of silence before a prayer, Ar. Th. 295, cf. Av. 959; so εὐφημίαν.. κηρύξας ἔχω S. Fr. 893; Ταλθύβιος.. εὐφημίαν ἀνεῖπε καὶ σιγὴν στρατῷ E. IA 1564; μετ' εὐ. διδάσκειν Pl. Lg. 949b; ἐν εὐ. χρὴ τελευτᾶν Id. Phd. 117e; πρὸς εὐφημίαν τρεπέσθω Luc. Laps. 17.


1. in positive sense, auspiciousness, λόγων εὐ. E. IA 608, Aeschin. 1.169; πᾶσαν εὐ. παρειχόμην D. Ephesians 2:19; esp. a fair or honourable name for a bad thing, euphemism (as Εὐμενίδες, εὐφρόνη, etc.), δι' εὐφημίας Pl. Lg. 736a; εὐφημίας ἕνεκα Aeschin. 3.92, cf. Plu. 2.449a.

2. f.l. for εὐφωνία, Demetr. Eloc. 175.


1. prayer and praise, worship, offered to the gods, E. IA 1469; = εὐχή, Pl. Alc. 2.149b; εὐξάμενον μετ' εὐφημίας Din. 2.14: pl., Pi. P. 10.35.

2. honour, good repute enjoyed by men, Phld. Ind.Sto. 16,20; ἀθάνατος εὐ. D.S1.2; opp. δυσφημία, 2 Corinthians 6:8; ἀδιάλειπτος Plu. 2.121e; ἡ ὕστερον εὐ. D.Chr. 31.20; τὴν παρὰ πᾶσιν ἀγαθὴν εὐ.good repute, IG 12(5).860.39 (Tenos, i B. C.); ἡ ἐκ τῶν ξένων εὐ. OGI 339.30 (Sestos, ii B. C.); panegyric, Jul. Or. 3.106a, Lib. Or. 62.3; ἡ εὐ. σου, as a form of address, PLond. 3.891.9 (iv A. D.); αἱ εὐ. plaudits, acclamations in a local senate, POxy. 2110.2 (iv A. D.).

Thayer's Expanded Definition
 εὐφημία, εὐφημίας, (εὔφημος, which see), properly, the utterance of good or auspicious words; hence, good report, praise: 2 Corinthians 6:8 (opp: to δυσφημία), as in Diodorus 1,2 (4edition, Dindorf); Aelian v. h. 3,47. (In different senses in other authors from Pindar, Sophocles, and Plato down.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

** εὐφημία , -ας ,

(< εὔφημος ),

[in Sm.: Psalms 42:5; Psalms 47:2; Psalms 100:2; Psalms 126:2*;]

good report, praise: opp. to δυσφημία , 2 Corinthians 6:8.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

εὐφημία, which by derivation is = ";good φήμη,"; ";auspicious sound,"; came to be applied in a wider sense to ";reputation,"; as presumably in 2 Corinthians 6:8, its only NT occurrence : cf. the letter addressed to a bishop, P Lond 891.9 (iv/A.D.) (= III. p. 242, Chrest. I. p. 157) ἡ γὰρ εὐφημία σου, πάτερ, περιεκύκλωσεν τὸν κ [όσ ]μον ὅλον ὡς ἀγαθὸν πατέρα (l. ἀγαθοῦ πατρός), and from the inscrr. Michel 394.39 (mid. i/B.C.) εἶναι θ᾽ ἑαυτ [ ] . . τὴν πα [ρὰ ] πᾶσιν ἀγαθὴν εὐφημίαν, OGIS 339.30 (c. B.C. 120) περιτιθεὶς τὴν ἐκ τῶν ξένων εὐφημίαν τῆι πάτριδι, and for the verb Syll 653.89 (B.C. 91) ὅταν δὲ αἱ θυσίαι καὶ τὰ μυστήρια συντελεῖται, εὐφαμεῖν πάντας καὶ ἀκούειν τῶν παραγγελλομένων. From Menander we may cite Fragm. p. 194 τοὺς εὖ γεγονότας καὶ τεθραμμένους καλῶς | κἀν τοῖς κακοῖς δεῖ λόγον ἔχειν εὐφημίας, ";the well born and nicely nurtured must carefully abstain from evil speech even in misfortune,"; and ib. p. 89 εὐφημείσθω | τέμενος περὶ Λευκάδος ἀκτῆς, ";let the shrine be held in good repute along the Leucadian shore.";


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List of Word Forms
ευφημιας ευφημίας εὐφημίας euphemias euphemías euphēmias euphēmías

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