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Strong's #3730 - ὁρμή

Root Word (Etymology)
of uncertain affinity
Parts of Speech
feminine noun
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  1. a violent motion, impulse
  2. a hostile movement, onset, assault
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 2534 ‑ חֵמָה (khay‑maw', khay‑maw');  4853 ‑ מַשָּׂא (mas‑saw');  6388 ‑ פֶּלֶג (peh'‑leg);  7110 ‑ קֶצֶף (keh'‑tsef);  7722 ‑ שֹׁאָה (sho, sho‑aw', sho‑aw');  8161 ‑ שְׁעָטָה (shah'‑at‑aw);  
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NAS (2)
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CSB (2)
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BSB (2)
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ESV (2)
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ὁρμ-ή, ἡ,


1. rapid motion forwards, onrush, onset, assault, μόγις δέ μευ ἔκφυγεν ὁρμήν Il. 9.355; ἐκ τοῦ αὐτοῦ χωρίου ἡ ὁ. ἔσται the attack, invasion, Hdt. 1.11; ἡ ἐπὶ βασιλέα ὁ. X. An. 3.1.10; also of an impulse received from another, ἐμέ τ' εἰσορόων καὶ ἐμὴν ποτιδέγμενος ὁ. Il. 10.123, cf. Od. 2.403.

2. more freq. of things, πυρὸς ὁ. the rage of fire, Il. 11.157; ὑπὸ κύματος ὁρμῆς by the shock of a wave, Od. 5.320; ἔγχεος ὁ. Hes. Sc. 365; but ἐς ὁρμὴν ἔγχεος ἐλθεῖν within my spear's cast, within reach of my spear, Il. 5.118; ὁ. γονάτων spring of knee, i.e. power to spring or leap, Pi. N. 5.20; ποδὸς ὁ. speed of foot, E. El. 112 (lyr.): pl., of the tides, Ptol. Tetr. 3.


1. impulse to do a thing, effort, μίνυνθα δέ οἱ γένεθ' ὁρμή Il. 4.466; μελέη δέ μοι ἔσσεται ὁ. Od. 5.416; φιλότητος.. ἄμβροτος ὁ. Emp. 35.13; πίστιος ὁ. Id. 114.3; ἐπεὶ δὲ δαιμονίη τις γίνεται ὁ. Hdt. 7.18; μαινομένᾳ σὺν ὁρμᾷ S. Ant. 135 (lyr.), cf. Tr. 720; τίς προσήγαγε χρεία; τίς ὁ.; Id. Ph. 237; οὕτω καθ' ὁρμὴν δρῶσιν, i. e. with so much zeal, ib. 566; εἰ.. ἄγοι αὐτὸν ὁ. θειοτέρα Pl. Phdr. 279a: joined with ἐπιθυμία, Id. Phlb. 35d, Th. 3.36; μιᾷ ὁ. with one impulse, X. An. 3.2.9; ἀπὸ μιᾶς ὁ. Th. 7.71; ὑπὸ μιᾷ τῇ ὁ. Luc. Hist.Conscr. 2: c. gen. objecti, eager desire of or for a thing, Th. 7.43, etc.: so with a Pr, ἡ ὁρμή, ἣν ὁρμᾷς ἐπὶ τοὺς λόγους Pl. Prm. 135d, cf. 130b; ἔχειν ὁρμὴν πρός τι Arist. MM 1185a31, al.; ὁ. ἐπέπεσέ τισι, c. inf., Th. 4.4; ὁ. παραστῆσαί τισι εἴς τι or c. inf., Plb. 2.48.5, Plu. Cor. 33; ὁ. σχεῖν, c. inf., Id. Publ. 19.

2. in Stoic philosophy, appetition, including reasoned choice and irrational impulse, Stoic. 3.40, al.

3. Pythag. name for 2, Anatolius ap. Theol.Ar. 8.

III setting oneself in motion, start on a march, etc., ἐν ὁρμῇ εἶναι to be on the point of starting, X. An. 2.1.3, cf. Arist. Rh. 1393a3; ἐπὶ παντὸς ὁρμῇ.. πράγματος at the start of every undertaking, Pl. Ti. 27c; ἡ ὁ. [τούτων τῶν ἀνέμων] the point at which these winds start, Arist. Mete. 364b5, cf. Pl. R. 511b (pl.). (Cf. Skt. s´rati 'flow'.)

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ὁρμή, ὁρμῆς, (from the root, sar, to go, flow; Fick i., p. 227; Curtius, § 502), from Homer down, a violent motion, impulse: James 3:4; a hostile movement, onset, assault, Acts 14:5 (cf. Trench, § lxxxvii.).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ὁρμή , -ῆς , ,

[in LXX: Proverbs 3:25 (H7722), etc.;]

1. a violent movement, impulse: James 3:4;

2. a hostile movement, onset, assault. Acts 14:5.†

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

";host"; (Luke 10:35) : Artem. p. 190.24 al. For πανδόκεια, ";hostess,"; cf. Syll 901 (=.3 1251).3 (period of Roman Republic) Δεκομία Συρίσκα πανδόκια χρηστὰ χαῖρε (cf. the Vergilian Copa Syrisca), and Herodian I. p. 248.24 (cited by Dittenberger ad l.).


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
ορμάς ορμη ορμή ὁρμὴ ορμήν ορμής horme hormē hormḕ orme ormē
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