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Strong's #1422 - δύσκολος

Root Word (Etymology)
from (G1418) and kolon (food)
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  1. hard to find agreeable food for, fastidious about food
  2. difficult to please, always finding fault
  3. difficult
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 343 ‑ אֵיד (ade);  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

δύσ-κολος, ον, (κόλον):

I of persons, prop. hard to satisfy with food (cf. Ath. 6.262a): but, generally, hard to please, discontented, fretful, peevish, Ar. V. 942; γῆρας E. Ba. 1251; δ. ψυχὴ καὶ ἀγρία Pl. Lg. 649e, cf. Arist. EN 1108a30, etc.; τὸ δ. Pl. Lg. 791c; of animals, intractable, Id. Tht. 174d (Comp.): so in Adv. δυσκόλως, ἔχειν, διακεῖσθαι πρός τινα, D. 19.132, Isoc. 3.33; δυσκολώτερον διακεῖσθαι Pl. Phd. 84e.

II of things,

1. troublesome, harassing, δ. ἡ ἡνιόχησις Id. Phdr. 246b; πυρετοί Hp. Coac. 38: generally, unpleasant, ἄν τι δ. συμβῇ D. 18.189, cf. Men. 89; εἴ τι δ. πέπρακται Θηβαίοις πρὸς ἡμᾶς D. 18.176; καιροὶ δ. difficult times, IG 22.682.33. Adv. - λως, ὑπακούειν Hp. Epid. 3.8.

2. difficult to explain, Arist. SE 180b5, Metaph. 1001b1; δ. ἐστι it is difficult, Mark 10:24, cf. Onos. 1.15 (Comp.); τὰ μὲν ῥάδια.. τὰ δὲ δ. Phld. Po. 994.24. Adv. - λως hardly, with difficulty, Mark 10:23,al.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

δύσκολος, δύσκολόν (κόλον, food);

1. properly, hard to find agreeable food for, fastidious about food.

2. difficult to please, always finding fault; (Euripides, Aristophanes, Xenophon, Plato, others).

3. universally, difficult (Xenophon, oec. 15, 10 γεωργία δύσκολος ἐστι μαθεῖν): πῶς δύσκολόν ἐστι, followed by an accusative with an infinitive, Mark 10:24.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

δύσκολος , -ον

(< κόλον , food),

[in LXX for H343, Jeremiah 29:9 (Jeremiah 49:8) (of. δυσκολία , Job 34:30; εὔκολος , 2 Samuel 15:3) *;]

1. properly, of persons, hard to satisfy with food, hence, generally, hard to please (Eur., Plat.).

2. Of things, difficult, hard (Arist.): Mark 10:24.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

In a letter to a father from his son, P Oxy IX. 1218.5 (iii/A.D.), giving him some domestic news, the phrase occurs οὐδὲν δύσκολον ἔνι ἐπὶ τῆς οἰκίας σου, which the editors render, ";there is nothing unpleasant at your house."; For the ordinary meaning ";difficult"; we may cite the important Calendar inscription from Priene, OGIS 458.16 (c. B.C. 9) ἐπειδὴ δύσκολον μέν ἐστιν τοῖς τοσούτοις αὐτοῦ εὐεργετήμασιν κατ᾽ ἴσον ε [ὐχαρισ ] τεῖν. Add ib. 339.54 (c. B.C. 120) ἐν καιροῖς δυσκόλοις, and Syll 213.33 (iii/B.C.) περιστάντων τεῖ πόλει καιρῶν δυσκόλων, which the editor refers to the war waged between Demetrius and the Aetolians. For the adverb we may cite P Oxy X. 1294.10 (ii/iii A.D.) ἐὰν δὲ σὺ ] μ ̣ ̣ δυνηθῇς ἀνοῖξαι τὸ πανάριον, δυσκό [λως γὰρ ἀνοί ]γεται, δὸς τῷ κλειδοποιῷ καὶ ἀνοίξει σοι, ";if you cannot open the basket yourself, for it opens with difficulty, give it to the key-maker, and he will open it for you"; (Edd.). MGr has δυσκολία, and δυσκολεύω, ";make difficult.";


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List of Word Forms
δύσκολα δυσκολον δύσκολόν duskolon dyskolon dýskolón
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