Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #1175 - δεισιδαιμονία
- in a good sense
- reverencing god or the gods, pious, religious
- in a bad sense
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.
*† δεισιδαιμονία , -ας , ἡ ,
(< δεισιδαίμων , q.v.);
1. fear of the gods;
(a) piety, religion;
2. Objectively, a religion: Acts 25:19 (Cremer, 72, 682).†
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In OGIS 455.11 (B.C. 39) a temple-enclosure of the goddess Aphrodite is declared ἄσυλον —ταὐτῷ 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.
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