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Strong's #2615 - καταδουλόω

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  1. to bring into bondage, enslave
  2. to enslave to one's self, bring into bondage to one's self
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 5647 ‑ עָבַד (aw‑bad');  7412 ‑ רְמָה (rem‑aw');  
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2 Corinthians 2
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2 Corinthians 2
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Galatians 1
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions



1. reduce to slavery, enslave, Ἀθήνας Hdt. 6.109; τὴν Ἑλλάδα Id. 8.144; Ἀθηναίοις κ. Κέρκυραν Th. 3.70; νῆσον βασιλεῖ Isoc. 9.20: Pass., κατεδεδούλωντο Hdt. 5.116; κατεδουλώθησαν Id. 6.32; καταδεδουλωμένος ὑπό τινος Pl. Smp. 219e: abs., Lys. 18.5.

2. more freq. in Med., make a slave to oneself, enslave, τὴν μητρόπολιν Hdt. 7.51, cf. Pl. R. 351b; τινας X. Mem. 2.1.13, cf. GDI 4982 (Gortyn), PEleph. 3.3 (iii B.C.), etc.; ἡ τύχη τὸ σῶμα κατεδουλώσατο Philem. 95.8; τὸ κρέσσον τῷ Χείρονι -εύμενοι (Ion. for -ούμενοι) Eus.Mynd. Fr. 10; κ. τὸν Ἰσραὴλ δουλείαν LXX 1 Maccabees 8:18; ἔργα ὧν κατεδουλοῦντο αὐτούς ib. Exodus 1:14.


1. metaph., enslave in mind, παιδισκάριόν με καταδεδούλωκ' εὐτελές Men. 338, cf. 2 Corinthians 11:20; κ. τὴν ψυχήν PMag.Lond. 123.4 (iv/v A.D.); break in spirit, καταδουλοῖ τὴν τόλμαν ἡ ἀνάγκη App. Pun. 81.

2. more freq. in Med., ἡ ἀνάγκη καταδουλοῦται τὴν γνώμην Hp. Fract. 15; οἴει τι μᾶλλον καταδουλοῦσθαι ἀνθρώπους τοῦ ἰσχυροῦ φόβου; X. Cyr. 3.1.23, cf. E. IA 1269; κ. τὰς ψυχάς Isoc. 12.178; τὸ λογιστικόν Pl. R. 553d; τὰς ἐπιθυμίας Aristox. Fr.Hist. 15.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

καταδουλόω, καταδούλω; future καταδουλώσω; 1 aor middle κατεδουλωσαμην; (κατά under (see κατά, III. 3)); (from Herodotus down); to bring into bondage, enslave: τινα, Galatians 2:4 L T Tr WH; 2 Corinthians 11:20 (cf. Winers Grammar, 255f (240)); middle to enslave to oneself, bring into bondage to oneself: Galatians 2:4 R G.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

κατα -δουλόω , - ,

[in LXX chiefly for H5647;]

to enslave: 2 Corinthians 11:20, Galatians 2:4.†

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

An interesting instance of this verb (Galatians 2:4, 2 Corinthians 11:20) occurs in an invocation of iv/v A.D., where the invoker summons the Gnostic deity βαινχωωωχ to subdue all the race of men before him— P Lond 123.4 (= I. p. 120) καθυπόταξον φίμωσον καταδούλωσον πᾶν γένος ἀνθρώπων, cf. .9 καταδούλωσον φίμωσον τὴν ψυχὴν τὸν θυμόν etc. See also Menander Fragm. p. 98 παιδισκάριόν με καταδεδούλωκ᾽ εὐτελές, | ὃν οὐδεὶς τῶν πολεμίων <οὐ >πώποτε, ";a silly little wench has hopelessly entangled me—me, whom no enemy has yet enslaved."; The mid. καταδουλούμενον is similarly used of an hetaera in P Eleph 3.3, 4.4 (B.C. 284–3). According to the law of Antiochus, OGIS 383.162 (mid. i/B.C.), no one is allowed—μήτε αὑτῶι καταδουλώσασθαι μήτε εἰς ἕτερον ἀπαλλοτριῶσαι certain ἱεροδούλους and their descendants. The form καταδουλίζω occurs in Syll 836.4 (1st half of iii/B.C.), and in ib. 841.6 (Roman) in a deed of enfranchisement with reference to certain slaves— μὴ καταδουλιξάσθω δὲ αὐτοὺς μηθεὶς μηδὲ καθ᾽ ὁποῖον τρόπον. See also LAE.2 p. 329 f., and for the subst. Michel 1417 A.8 (Delphi–i/A.D.) ἐπὶ καταδουλισμῶι, ";with a view to making [him] a slave.";


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List of Word Forms
καταδουλοι καταδουλοῖ καταδουλούντο καταδουλωσαμένων καταδουλωσουσιν καταδουλώσουσιν καταδουλώσω καταδυναστεία καταδυναστείαν καταδυναστείας κατεδουλούντο κατεδουλώσατο katadouloi katadouloî katadoulosousin katadoulōsousin katadoulṓsousin
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