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Old & New Testament Greek

Entry for Strong's #5046 - τέλειος

Word Origin:
from (5056)
Parts of Speech:
Word Definition  [ Thayer's | Strong's ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. brought to its end, finished
  2. wanting nothing necessary to completeness
  3. perfect
  4. that which is perfect
    1. consummate human integrity and virtue
    2. of men
      1. full grown, adult, of full age, mature
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 8002 ‑ שֶׁלֶם (sheh'‑lem);   8003 ‑ שָׁלֵם (shaw‑lame');   8503 ‑ תַּכְלִית (tak‑leeth');   8549 ‑ תָּמִים (taw‑meem');  
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

τέλειος and τέλεος, α, ον, in Trag., Att., and Dor. also ος, ον, A. Eu. 382 (lyr.), Pl. Phlb. 67a, Arist. EN 1153b16, SIG 265 (Delph., iv B.C.), etc.: the form τέλειος is alone used by Hom., neither form in Hes.; τέλεος is alone used by Hdt., exc. in 9.110; in Trag. and Att. both forms occur; Att. Inscrr. up to the end of iii B.C. have only τέλεος, IG 12.76.39, al., and τέλεος, τελέως, τελεῶ are recommended by Thom. Mag. p.358R.; τέλειος first in IG 22.2314.51, al. (early ii B.C.), freq. in Papyri (PCair.Zen. 429.13, al. (iii B.C.), etc.), but the neut. used as Adv. is sts. τέλεον (BGU 903.12 (ii A.D.), etc., τέλειον POxy. 707.31 (ii A.D.), etc.): the form τέλεως, acc. τέλεων, with pl. τέλεῳ, is found in SIG 1025.61, 1026.14 (Cos, iv/iii B.C.), dub. in Schwyzer 734 (Zeleia) and Herod. 7.20: the form τέληον in GDI 4963 (Crete): (τέλος): perfect, of victims, entire, without spot or blemish, ἀρνῶν αἰγῶν τε τελείων Il. 1.66, cf. 24.34; βοτὸν τ. Riv.Fil. 56.265 (Cyrene); τὸνς ϝεξήκοντα τελέονς ὄϝινς (acc. pl.) SIG 56.30 (Argos, v. B.C.); of sacrifices, ἱερὰ τ. perfect, of full tale or number, or performed with all rites, Th. 5.47, Lexap. And. 1.97, D. 59.60; τελέους ἀεὶ τελετὰς τελούμενος τέλεος ὄντως.. γίγνεται Pl. Phdr. 249c; in Il. 8.247, 24.315, αἰετὸς τελειότατος πετεηνῶν is prob. the surest bird of augury (cf. τελήεις). in Dialects, = κύριος, fully constituted, valid, ἐν ἀγορᾷ τελείῳ Schwyzer 324.1 (Delph., iv B.C.), SIG 265 (ibid.), etc.; ἀλιαίᾳ ἔδοξε τελείᾳ ib.594.3 (Mycenae, ii B.C.); authoritative, final, ἁ δέ κα ϝράτρα ἁ δαμοσία τελεία εἴε δικάδο σα Schwyzer 412 (Elis); τὸ θέθμιον.. τέλεον εἶμεν IG 9(1).334.47 (Locr., v B.C.); so in Trag., τελεία ψῆφος a final decision, A. Supp. 739, S. Ant. 632.

2. of animals, full-grown, τέλεον νεαροῖς ἐπιθύσας A. Ag. 1504 (anap., and so perh. αἶγες τ. in Il.; ἐπ' οὗ θύεται τὰ τ. τῶν προβάτων, opp. γαλαθηνά, Hdt. 1.183, cf. SIG 1015.31 (Halic.), Pherecr. 44, PCair.Zen. 429.13, al. (iii B.C.), Sammelb. 5277.5 (iii A.D.), etc.; τ. ζῷον defined in Gal. 7.677; as Subst., τέλειον καὶ δέκα ἄρνες SIG 1024.35 (Myconus, iii/ii B.C.); τ. ἵππος, opp. πῶλος, Pl. Lg. 834c; τ. ἅρμα a chariot drawn by horses, opp. ἅρμα πωλικόν, CIG 2758 111.D2 (Aphrodisias), SIG 840 (Olympia, ii A.D.), Luc. Tim. 50; τελέᾳ συνωρίδι IG 5(2).549.2, al. (Arc., iv B.C.); τελέῳ τεθρίππῳ ib. 5; κέλητι τελέῳ ib. 550.29; κέλητι τελείῳ ib. 7.1772.14, cf. 16; of trees, Thphr. CP 3.7.5, POxy. 909.18 (iii A.D.); εἰκὼν τελεία life-sized, GDI 4942b7 (Crete, ii B.C.); of a torsionengine, full-sized, opp. to the model of one, Ph. Bel. 55.30: of human beings, full-grown, adult, Pl. Lg. 929c, X. Cyr. 1.2.4, 12, 14, BGU 1100.10 (i B.C.), POxy. 485.30 (ii A.D.), Sor. 1.10, al. married, τέλειοι οἱ γεγαμηκότες Paus.Gr. Fr. 306; Ἥρα Τελεία is so expld. at Stymphalus, Paus. 8.22.2, cf. Aristocl.Hist. 5 (ap.Sch. Theoc. 15.64); v. infr. 11.

3. of persons, accomplished, perfect in his kind, in relation to quality, Isoc. 12.32,242; ἱστοριῶν συγγραφέα τέλειον Supp.Epigr. 1.400 (Samos, ii A.D.); τ. σοφιστής Pl. Cra. 403e; τ. εἴς τι Id. Phdr. 269e (Sup.); κατὰ πάντα Id. Ti. 30d; πρός τι Id. Lg. 647d, 678b, Isoc. 12.9, etc.; ἔν τινι Id. Ephesians 4:3 (Sup.); οἱ τ. δογματικοί Gal. 15.60; but ἡ τελεία μαῖα the trained or qualified midwife, distd. from ἡ ἀρίστη (the trained and experienced midwife), Sor. 1.4. of things, φάρμακον τελεώτατον Pl. Criti. 106b; τ. ἀρετή, φιλία, etc., Arist. EN 1129b30, 1156b34, al.; of a syllogism in the 1st figure, the other figures being ἀτελεῖς, Id. APr. 27a1, etc.; τὸ τελεώτατον ἐκεῖνο γυμνάσιον, ὂ δὴ καὶ κατασκευὴν ὀνομάζουσι Gal. 6.169, cf. 208: even of evils, τ. νόσημα a serious, dangerous illness, Hp. Prorrh. 2.30; τελειοτάτη κακία Gal. 16.500; ἀδικία τελέα, τελεωτάτη, absolute, Pl. R. 348b, 344a; συνθέσεις λευκὰς τελείας δέκα τρεῖς thirteen complete white suits, PHamb. 10.14 (ii A.D.); τ. ἀποζυγή complete divorce, PGrenf. 2.76.19 (iv A.D.); ὕνις τελεία, κράβακτος ξύλινος τ., etc., PTeb. 406.19, al. (iii A.D.); of land, fully inundated, opp. ἀβροχικός, PMasp. 107.13, al. (vi A.D.), prob. in PFlor. 286.23 (vi A.D.).

4. of prayers, vows, etc., fulfilled, accomplished, εὐχωλαί Pi. Fr. 122.15; τέλειον ἐπ' εὐχᾷ ἐσλόν Id. P. 9.89; τελεία γένεος Οἰδίπου τ' ἀρά A. Th. 832 (lyr.); μὰ τὴν τ. τῆς ἐμῆς παιδὸς Δίκην Id. Ag. 1432; τέλεα εὔγματα Ar. Th. 353 (lyr.); of omens or predictions, ὄψις ὀνείρου οὐ τελέη a vision which imported nothing, Hdt. 1.121; τ. σύμβολον h.Merc. 526 (s. v.l.); τ. τὸ ἐνύπνιον ἀποτετέλεσται Pl. R. 443b.

5. of numbers, full, complete, τελέους ἑπτὰ μῆνας Ar. Lys. 104; τ. ἐνιαυτός the great year, Pl. Ti. 39d. in Arithm., of perfect numbers, which are equal to the sum of their divisors, as 6 = 3 + 2 + 1; 28 = 14 + 7 + 4 + 2 + 1, Id. R. 546b, Euc. 7 Def. 23, Theo Sm.p.45 H., Nicom. Ar. 1.16: but 9 is τ. ὅτι ἐκ τελείου τοῦ γ γίνεται, Theol.Ar. 58 (3 is τ. because it has ἀρχή, μέσον, τέλος, ib. 14).

6. τ. κρατήρ, i.e. the third bowl offered to Ζεὺς Σωτήρ, Ar. Fr. 526, E. Fr. 148. II of the gods, having power to fulfil prayer, all-powerful (as implied in A. Ag. 973, Ζεῦ Ζεῦ τέλειε, τὰς ἐμὰς εὐχὰς τέλει), Ζεὺς τ. Pi. O. 13.115, P. 1.67; τ. ὕψιστον Δία A. Eu. 28; τελέων τελειότατον κράτος, Ζεῦ Id. Supp. 526 (lyr.); of Hera ζυγία, the presiding goddess of marriage (v. supr. 1.2 b, τέλος 1.6), Pi. N. 10.18, A. Eu. 214, Fr. 383, Ar. Th. 973 (lyr.); of Apollo, Theoc. 25.22 (Sup.); of the Eumenides, A. Eu. 382 (lyr.); Μοῖραι Supp.Epigr. 3.400.9 (Delph., iii B.C.): generally, θεοὶ τέλειοι τέλειαί τε A. Th. 167 (lyr.); πῦρ τέλεον ἄρρητον Lyr.Alex.Adesp. 36.14: also ἀνὴρ τ. the head or lord of the house, A. Ag. 972.

III = τελευταῖος, last, S. Tr. 948 (lyr.). τέλειον, τό, a royal banquet, as a transl. of the Pers. τυκτά, Hdt. 9.110. ἡ τελεία (sc. στιγμή) the full point, D.T. 630.6; so τελείαν δεῖ στίξαι Herm. in Phdr. p.84 A.

2. ἡ τελεία (sc. ἀντίδοτος) the perfect antidote, effective against all poisons, Scrib. Larg.177. Τέλεος (sc. μήν (, , name of a month at Epidaurus, IG 42(1).109 ii 114.

Adv. τελέως finally, absolutely, with full authority, A. Eu. 320, 953 (both anap.).

2. completely, absolutely, thoroughly, τ. ἐς ἀσθενὲς ἔρχεται Hdt. 1.120; τ. ἐκκλησιάσαιμεν perfectly, Ar. Th. 329 (lyr.); τ. ἄφρων Isaiah 12:4; ἔρια τ. ῥυπαρά PCair.Zen. 287 (iii B.C.); τ. μ' ὑπῆλθε completely deceived me, Epicr. 9; τ. ἑστιᾶν perfectly, X. Smp. 2.2; τ. κινήσεται absolutely, Pl. Tht. 182c; τ. γὰρ ἡμᾶς ἐνώχλει he was a perfect nuisance to us, PCair.Zen. 637.4 (iii B.C.); τ. γυμνάζειν put a person through the τέλειον γυμνάσιον, Gal. 6.286; μέσα τ. completely neutral, Id. 18(2).59, cf. 79, al.--This is the only form of the Adv. allowed by Thom.Mag.p.358 R., but τελείως is found in Gorg. Hel. 18, Isoc. 13.18, Pl. Def. 411d, Arist. Metaph. 1021b26, PPetr. 3p.114 (iii B.C.), LXX Ju. 11.6, Gal. 16.639, etc.

3. the neut. τέλεον is also used as Adv. in later Prose, Luc. Merc.Cond. 5, App. BC 1.8, Sor. 2.56, etc. Comp. and Sup.: Hom. uses only τελειότατος: in Prose τελεώτερος, -ώτατος prevail, though the other forms occur in Arist. EN 1097a30, 1174b22. Comp. Adv. τελεώτερον Pl. R. 520b (τελειοτέρως Sch. Il. 2.350, v.l. in Procl. Inst. 18); τελεώτατα Pl. R. 351b.

Thayer's Expanded Definition
 τέλειος, τελεία, τέλειον (τέλος), in classic Greek sometimes also τέλειος, τέλειον (cf. Winer s Grammar, § 11,1), from Homer down, the Sept. several times for שָׁלֵם, תָּמִים, etc.; properly, brought to its end, finished; lacking nothing necessary to completeness; perfect: ἔργον, James 1:4; ἀγάπη, 1 John 4:18; νόμος, James 1:25; (δώρημα, James 1:17); τελειοτερα σκηνή, a more perfect (excellent) tabernacle, Hebrews 9:11; τό τέλειον, substantively, that which is perfect: consummate human integrity and virtue, Romans 12:2 (others take it here as an adjective belonging to θέλημα); the perfect state of all things, to be ushered in by the return of Christ from heaven, 1 Corinthians 13:10; of men, full-grown, adult; of full age, mature ( Aeschylus Ag. 1504; Plato, legg. 11, p. 929{c}): Hebrews 5:14; τέλειος ἀνήρ ( Xenophon, Cyril 1,2, 4 f; 8,7, 6; Philo de cherub. § 32; opposed to παιδίον νήπιον, Polybius 5,29, 2; for other examples from other authors see Bleek, Brief a. d. Hebrew ii., 2, p. 133 f), μέχρι ... εἰς ἄνδρα τέλειον, until we rise to the same level of knowledge which we ascribe to a full-grown Prayer of Manasseh , until we can be likened to a full-grown Prayer of Manasseh , Ephesians 4:13 (opposed to νήπιοι, 14); τέλειοι ταῖς φρεσί (opposed to παιδία and νηπιαζοντες ταῖς φρεσί), 1 Corinthians 14:20 (here A. V. men); absolutely, οἱ τέλειοι, the perfect, i. e. the more intelligent, ready to apprehend divine things, 1 Corinthians 2:6 ( R. V. marginal reading full-grown) (opposed to νήπιοι ἐν Χριστῷ, 1 Corinthians 3:1>; in simple opposed to νήπιος, Philo de legg. alleg. i. § 30; for מֵבִין, opposed to μαντανων, 1 Chronicles 25:8; (cf. Lightfoot on Colossians 1:28; Philippians 3:15)); of mind and character, one who has reached the proper height of virtue and integrity: Matthew 5:48; Matthew 19:21; Philippians 3:15 (cf. Lightfoot as above); James 1:4; in an absolute sense, of God: Matthew 5:48; τέλειος ἀνήρ, James 3:2 (τέλειος δίκαιος, Sirach 44:17); as respects understanding and goodness, Colossians 4:12; τέλειος ἄνθρωπος ἐν Χριστῷ, Colossians 1:28 (cf. Lightfoot as the synonym above: see ὁλόκληρος, and Trench, § xxii.).

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