Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Go to
Problem finding something? Get the StudyLight-HowTo PDF file or read the "Frequently Asked Questions"

Old & New Testament Greek

Entry for Strong's #473 - ἀντί

Word Origin:
a primary particle
Parts of Speech:
Word Definition  [ Thayer's | Strong's ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. over against, opposite to, before
  2. for, instead of, in place of (something)
    1. instead of
    2. for
    3. for that, because
    4. wherefore, for this cause
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


Pr governing gen.: orig. sense, over against. (Cf. Skt. a/nti 'opposite', 'facing', Lat. ante, etc.) USAGE:

I of Place, opposite, over against, formerly quoted from several places of Hom., as Il. 21.481 ἀντὶ ἐμεῖο (where now ἀντί' ἐμεῖο, i.e. ἀντία) Τρώων ἄνθ' ἑκατόν (i.e. ἄντα) 8.233; so ἄντ' Αἴαντος (i.e. ἄντα) 15.415, cf. Od. 4.115, Hes. Op. 727; but ἀντί is so used in X. An. 4.7.6, IG 2.835 c-l 68; αἱ ὀπαὶ αἱ γιγνόμεναι ἀ. τόρμων mortises facing tenons, Hero Bel. 97.5; ἀντὶ μαιτύρων in the presence of witnesses, Leg.Gort. 1.40; ἀντὶ τῆς ὄψεως ἡμῶν Eudox. Ars 18.

II of Time, ἀντὶ νυκτός the same night, SIG 1025.43 (Cos); ἀντὶ ϝέτεος GDI 2561 A 45 (Delph.); ἀντ' ἐνιαυτοῦ IG 5(2).266.8 (Mantinea, i B.C.); ἀνθ' ἡμέρας· δι' ὅλης τῆς ἡμέρας, Hsch.; cf. ἀντετοῦς.


1. instead, in the place of, Ἕκτορος ἀντὶ πεφάσθαι Il. 24.254; ἀντὶ γάμοιο τάφον Od. 20.307; so later πολέμιος ἀντὶ φίλου καταστῆναι Hdt. 1.87; ἀντὶ ἡμέρης νὺξ ἐγένετο Id. 7.37; ἀντὶ φωτῶν σποδός A. Ag. 434; τὸν πόλεμον ἀντ' εἰρήνης μεταλαμβάνειν Th. 1.120, cf. 4.20, 7.75; βασιλεύειν ἀντί τινος X. An. 1.1.4; also ἀντὶ ἄρχεσθαι ὑπ' ἄλλων ἄρχειν ἁπάντων Hdt. 1.210, cf. 6.32, 7.170 (where the usual constr. would be ἀντὶ τοῦ ἄρχεσθαι, cf. Th. 7.28, X. Cyr. 6.2.19, etc.); ὀργίλοι ἀντὶ θυμοειδοῦς γεγένηνται Pl. R. 411c: sts. used elliptically, 'τολμήσατ' ἀντ' ἐμοῦ δοῦναί τινι; i.e. ἀντὶ τοῦ ἐμοὶ δοῦναι, S. Ph. 369, cf. OC 448, Ar. Av. 58.

2. in Hom. often to denote equivalence, ἀντί νυ πολλῶν λαῶν ἐστιν ἀνήρ he is as good as many men, Il. 9.116; ἀντὶ κασιγνήτου ξεῖνος.. τέτυκται a guest is as much as a brother, Od. 8.546; ἀντί τοί εἰμ' ἱκέταο I am as a suppliant, Il. 21.75, cf. 8.163; so later τοῦτό σφι ἀντὶ λουτροῦ ἐστί serves as a bath, Hdt. 4.75; ὑπάρχειν ἀντὶ τῶν ἔνδον to be as hostages for.., Th. 2.5; δουλεύειν ἀντὶ ἀργυρωνήτων just like bought slaves, D. 17.3; ἀντὶ [πλεύμονος] βράγχια Arist. PA 669a4.

3. to denote exchange, at the price of, in return for, σοὶ δὲ θεοὶ τῶνδ' ἀντὶ χάριν.. δοῖεν Il. 23.650; νῆσον ἀντὶ χρημάτων παρέλαβον for money paid, Hdt. 3.59; ἀντ' ἀργυρίου ἀλλάξασθαι Pl. R. 371d; ἀμείβειν τι ἀντί τινος Pi. P. 4.17, cf. E. Or. 646, 651; ἀντὶ ποίας εὐεργεσίας; Lys. 6.40, etc.; τί δ' ἐστὶν ἀνθ' οὗ..; S. Ant. 237; ὄνειδος ἀνθ' ὅτου Id. OC 967; δοίην ἀντ' ἀνιῶν ἀνίας grief for grief, Thgn. 344; ἀντ' ἀγαθῶν ἀγαθοῖσι βρύοις A. Supp. 966: hence ἀνθ' ὧν wherefore, A. Proverbs 31:1-31, S. OT 264, Th. 6.83, Luke 12:3; ἀντὶ τούτου therefore, Ephesians 5:31; but ἀνθ' ὧν also for ἀντὶ τούτων ὄτι.., because, S. Ant. 1068, Ar. Pl. 434; ἀντὶ τοῦ; wherefore? why? S. OT 1021; also ἀνθ' ὧν ὅτι ἦτε.. instead of being as you were.., LXX De. 28.62.

4. for the sake of, Pl. Mx. 237a, Arist. EN 1110a21; with Verbs of entreaty, like πρός c. gen., ἀντὶ παίδων ἱκετεύομέν σε S. OC 1326.

5. to mark comparison, ἓν ἀνθ' ἑνός one set against the other, compared with it, Pl. R. 331b, Lg. 705b; χάριν ἀντὶ χάριτος, i.e. ever-increasing grace, John 1:16; in preference to, ἀφνεὸν βούλεται ἀντ' ἀγαθοῦ Thgn. 188; ἀντὶ αὐλοῦ καὶ ἀντὶ κιθάρας ὁ ἦχος ἀκούεται Demetr. Eloc. 71; αἱρεῖσθαί τι ἀντί τινος Isoc. 9.3, D. 1.1, cf. X. Lac. 9.1: even after Comparatives, πλέον ἀντὶ σοῦ S. Tr. 577; μείζον' ὅστις ἀντὶ τῆς αὑτοῦ πάτρας φίλον νομίζει Id. Ant. 182; so (esp. after a neg.) ἄλλος ἀντ' ἐμοῦ A. Pr. 467, S. Aj. 444, Ar. Nu. 653; δόξαν ἀντὶ τοῦ ζῆν ἠγαπηκώς Plu. Alex. 42.

POSITION: ἀντί rarely follows its case, as in Il. 23.650, A. Ag. 1277, Ig 5(1).1119 (Geronthrae, iv B.C.), AP 7.715 (Leon.); but the Gramm. hold that it never suffers anastrophe.

IN COMPO S. it signifies,

1 over against, opposite, as ἀντιβαίνω, ἀντίπορος.

2. against, in opposition to, as ἀντιλέγω, ἀντίβιος.

3. one against another, mutually, as ἀντιδεξιόομαι.

4. in return, as ἀντιβοηθέω.

5. instead of, as ἀντιβασιλεύς, ἀνθύπατος.

6. equal to, like, as ἀντίθεος, ἀντίπαις, ἀντίδουλος.

7. corresponding, counter, as ἀντίφορτος, ἀντίτυπος.

Frequency / Word / Parsing Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (22)NAS (9)HCS (21)
1 Corinthians1
1 Thessalonians1
2 Thessalonians1
1 Peter1
2 Thessalonians1
1 Corinthians1
1 Thessalonians1
2 Thessalonians1
1 Peter2
List of Word Forms
ανθ ανθ' ἀνθ' αντ' αντι αντί ἀντὶ αυτής anth anth' anti antì
Search for…
Choose a letter to browse:
α  β  γ  δ  ε  ζ  η  θ  ι  κ  λ  μ
ν  ξ  ο  π  ρ  σ  τ  υ  φ  χ  ψ  ω
Download the Language Fonts
Below you will find links to the TrueType font(s) used in this resource. Simply right-mouse click the link and save it to your fonts

Once you have finished you might need to close all open browsers and open your fonts directory to initialized the font(s) you just installed.

SIL Galatia Greek font
To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient contact form
Powered by Lightspeed Technology