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Strong's #2104 - εὐγενής

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  1. well born, of a noble family
  2. noble minded
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Strong #: 1419 ‑ גָּדֹל (gaw‑dole', gaw‑dole');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

εὐγεν-ής, ές,

in Hom. εὐηγενής (q.v.), and in h.Ven. 94 ἠϋγενής: (γένος):


1. well-born, A. Pers. 704 (troch.), S. OC 728, etc.; εὐ. δόμος E. Ion 1540; τὸ μὲν ἐστίχθαι εὐγενὲς κέκριται being tattooed is esteemed a mark of nobility, Hdt. 5.6.

2. in Trag. etc. with the connotation noble-minded, generous (more prop. γενναῖος, cf. Arist. Rh. 1390b22), S. Ant. 38, Ph. 874, etc.; διαφέρει φύσις γενναίου σκύλακος.. νεανίσκου εὐ. Pl. R. 375a.

3. of animals, high-bred, ἵππος Thgn. 184, S. El. 25; λέων A. Ag. 1259; ὄρνιθες Plb. 1.58.7; of plants, of a good sort, Ael. VH 2.14; ῥόαι Eriph. 2.11; πυροί Gal. 11.120; βλαστοί Gp. 5.37.2: so in Comp., Eub. 44; φλέβες καὶ ἶνες Thphr. HP 5.1.7 (s.v.l., cf. εὐτενής) ; χαλκός S. Fr. 864 (v.l.): metaph., of a wife, ὥσπερ εὐγενῆ χώραν ἐντεκνώσασθαι παρασχεῖν Plu. Cat.Mi. 25.

4. of outward form, noble, δέρη, πρόσωπον, E. Hel. 136, Med. 1072; of style, τὸ εὐ. τῆς λέξεως Ael. NA Epil.; εὐ. ῥυθμοί D.H. Comp. 18.

II Adv. - νῶς nobly, bravely, κατθανοῦμεν E. Cyc. 201, cf. Tr. 727; εὐτυχεῖν Plu. 2.7f.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

εὐγενής, ἐυγενες (from εὖ and γένος);

1. well-born, of noble race: Luke 19:12 (of a prince); 1 Corinthians 1:26.

2. noble-minded: comparitive ἐυγενεστερος, Acts 17:11. (the Sept.; often in Greek writings from Aristophanes and Tragg. down.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

εὐγενής , -ές

(< εὖ , γένος ),

[in LXX: Job 1:3 (H1419), 2 Maccabees 10:13 R, 4 Maccabees 6:5; 4 Maccabees 9:13; 4 Maccabees 9:23; 4 Maccabees 9:27; 4 Maccabees 10:3; 4 Maccabees 10:15*;]

1. well born, of noble race: Luke 19:12, 1 Corinthians 1:26.

2. noble-minded: compar., -έστερος , Acts 17:11.†

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

For this adj. = ";well born,"; ";noble,"; see the striking interview with an Emperor described s.v. ἀγενής, where a certain Appianus appeals to his εὐγένεια, stating further that he is εὐγ [ενὴς καὶ γυμνασί ]αρχος (P Oxy I. 33 iv. 15, v. 3—late ii/A.D.). So P Oxy IX. 1206.11 (A.D. 335) where stipulations are made regarding a son to be adopted that he is not to be disavowed or reduced to slavery—διὰ τὸ εὐγενῆ αὐτὸν εἶν [α ]ι ̣ κ ̣[αὶ ] ἐξ εὐγενῶν γονέων ἐλευθέρων, ";because he is well born and the son of well born and free parents"; (Ed.), and PSI I. 41.13 (iv/A.D.) where certain acts are described as ἃ μὴ τοῖς ε ]ὐγενέσι πρέπι. For the comparative (as in Acts 17:11) see P Grenf 1. 53.33 (iv/A.D.) (as revised Chrest. I. p. 158) ἐὰν ἦν δὲ ὀνομάζειν περὶ γένου (l. γένους), καὶ ταῦτα πάλιν φθάνομεν ἀποδείξειν, τίνος εὐγενό (= ) στερός ἐστι. The adv. is found in P Lips I. 28.18 (A.D. 381) where, again with reference to a case of adoption, we find—ὅνπερ θρέψω καὶ ἱματίζω (l.ίσω) εὐγενῶς καὶ γνησίως ὡς υἱὸν γνήσιον καὶ φυσικὸν ὡς ἐξ ἐ [μ ]οῦ γενόμενον : cf. .18. For the subst. as a title of address, see P Gen. I. 50.14 (iv/A.D.) γράφ [ω οὖν ] τῇ εὐγ [ενε ]ίᾳ σου ι ̣̓́ν ̣[α κτλ., so ib. 55.10. This usage survives in MGr—ἡ εὐγενεία σου, ";your lordship"; (Thumb Handbook § 139). Note also that in MGr vernacular εὐγενικός, ";polite,"; has been formed beside the literary εὐγενής (ib. § 115).


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List of Word Forms
ευγενεις ευγενείς εὐγενεῖς ευγενεστεροι ευγενέστεροι εὐγενέστεροι ευγενης ευγενής εὐγενὴς εύγνωστοι εύγνωστος eugeneis eugeneîs eugenes eugenēs eugenḕs eugenesteroi eugenésteroi
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