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Strong's #1175 - δεισιδαιμονία

from the same as (G1174)
Parts of Speech
feminine noun
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  1. in a good sense
    1. reverencing god or the gods, pious, religious
  2. in a bad sense
    1. superstitious
  3. religious
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

δεισῐδαιμ-ονία, ἡ,

1. fear of the gods, religious feeling, Plb. 6.56.7, Phld. Herc. 1251.10, CIG 2737b11 (Aphrodisias), D.S. 1.70, etc.; ἡ τῶν θεῶν δ. Id. 11.89.

2. in bad sense, superstition, Thphr. Char. 16, Plb. 12.24.5; ἡ πρὸς τὰ ζῷα δ. D.S. 1.83; περὶ Δεισιδαιμονίας, title of work by Plu.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

δεισιδαιμονία, δεισιδαιμονίας, (δεισιδαίμων), fear of the gods;

1. in a good sense, reverence for the gods, piety, religion: Polybius 6, 56, 7; Josephus, Antiquities 10, 3, 2; καί θεοφιλής βίος, Diodorus 1, 70.

2. equivalent to δειλία πρός τό δαιμόνιον (Theophrastus, char. 16 (22) at the beginning (cf. Jebb, p. 263f)); superstition: (Polybius 12, 24, 5); Plutarch (Sol. 12, 4); Alex. 75, 1; de adulat. et am. 25, and in his Essay περί τῆς δεισιδαιμονίας; Antoninus 6, 30 θεοσεβής χωρίς δεισιδαιμονίας.

3. religion, in an objective sense; in which sense Josephus, Antiquities 19, 5, 3, says Claudius commanded the Jews μή τάς τῶν ἄλλων ἐθνῶν δεισιδαιμονίας ἐξουδενίζειν. Festus in the presence of Agrippa the Jewish king employs the word ambiguously and cautiously, in Acts 25:19, of the Jewish religion, viz. so as to leave his own judgment concerning its truth in suspense. Cf. Zezschwitz, Profangräcität u. Biblical Sprachgeist, p. 59; (K. F. Hermann, Lehrb. d. gottesdienstl. Alterthümer, § 8 note 6; Trench, § xlviii.; (cf. Kenrick, Biblical Essays, 1864, p. 108ff; Field, Otium Norv. iii., p. 80f)).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

*† δεισιδαιμονία , -ας , ,

(< δεισιδαίμων , q.v.);

1. fear of the gods;

(a) piety, religion;

(b) superstition.

2. Objectively, a religion: Acts 25:19 (Cremer, 72, 682).†

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

In OGIS 455.11 (B.C. 39) a temple-enclosure of the goddess Aphrodite is declared ἄσυλονταὐτῷ δικαίῳ ταὐτῇ τε δεισιδαιμονίᾳ , ";eodem jure eademque religione"; as the temple of Artemis at Ephesus. It is in this general sense of ";religion,"; without any pronouncement as to whether it was right or wrong, that the word is to be understood in Acts 25:19.



The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
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δεισιδαιμονιας δεισιδαιμονίας deisidaimonias deisidaimonías
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