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Strong's #2160 - εὐτραπελία

from a compound of (G2095) and a derivative of the base of (G5157) (meaning well-turned, i.e. ready at repartee, jocose)
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feminine noun
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  1. pleasantry, humour, facetiousness
  2. in a bad sense
    1. scurrility, ribaldry, low jesting
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Ephesians 1
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Ephesians 2
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Ephesians 2
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Ephesians 2
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Ephesians 2
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Ephesians 1
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Ephesians 1
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

εὐτρᾰπελ-ία, ἡ,

1. ready wit, liveliness, Hp. Decent. 7, Pl. R. 563a, Posidipp. 28.5, Cic. Fam. 7.32.1, D.S. 15.6: pl., pleasantries, Demetr. Eloc. 177; defined by Arist. as πεπαιδευμένη ὕβρις, Rh. 1389b11, cf. EN 1108a24; ἡ περὶ τὰς παιδιὰς καὶ τὰς ὁμιλίας εὐ. Plu. Ant. 43.

2. rarely in bad sense, = βωμολοχία, Ephesians 5:4.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

εὐτραπελία, ἐυτραπελιας, (from εὐτράπελος, from εὖ, and τρέπω to turn: easily turning; nimble-witted, witty, sharp), pleasantry, humor, facetiousness ((Hippocrates), Plato, rep. 8, p. 563a.; Diodorus 15, 6; 20, 63; Josephus, Antiquities 12, 4, 3; Plutarch, others); in a bad sense, scurrility, ribaldry, low jesting (in which there is some acuteness): Ephesians 5:4; in a milder sense, Aristotle, eth. 2, 7, 13; ( εὐτραπελία πεπαιδευμενη ὕβρις ἐστιν, rhet. 2, 12, 16 (cf. Cope, in the place cited); cf. Trench, § xxxiv.; Matt. Arnold, Irish Essays etc., p. 187ff (Speech at Eton) 1882).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

* εὐτραπελία , -ας ,

(< εὖ , τρέπω ),

1. versatility, wit, facetiousness (Hippocr., Plat., al.).

2. = βωμολογία , coarse jesting, ribaldry (Abbott, Essays, 93): Ephesians 5:4.†

SYN.: μωρολογία , v. Tr., Syn., § xxxiv.

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 word in a good sense we may cite Demetr. de Elocut. 177 (ed. Roberts) ἡ γὰρ Ἀττικὴ γλῶσσα συνεστραμμένον τι ἔχει καὶ δημοτικὸν καὶ ταῖς τοιαύταις εὐτραπελίαις πρέπον, ";the Attic dialect has about it something terse, and popular, and so lends itself naturally to the pleasantries of the stage"; : cf. the adj. ib. 172 ἡ γὰρ ἀντίθεσις εὐτράπελος, ";there being wit in a play on words."; The simplex *τράπελος is not found, but is vouched for by the Lat. torculus also = ";turning,"; but applied in a different way : see Brugmann-Thumb, p. 231.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
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Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
ευτραπελια ευτραπελία εὐτραπελία eutrapelia eutrapelía
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