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Strong's #640 - ἀπορία

Root Word (Etymology)
from the same as (G639)
Parts of Speech
feminine noun
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  1. the state of one who is in perplexity
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 928 ‑ בֶּהָלָה (beh‑haw‑law');  3994 ‑ מְאֵרָה (meh‑ay‑raw');  6183 ‑ עֲרִיפִים (aw‑reef');  6565 ‑ פָּרַר (paw‑rar');  6869 ‑ צָרָה (tsaw‑raw');  6937 ‑ קָדַר (kaw‑dar');  7711 ‑ שִׁדָּפוֹן (shed‑ay‑faw', shid‑daw‑fone');  7829 ‑ שַׁחֶפֶת (shakh‑eh'‑feth);  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ἀπορία, Ion. -ιη, ἡ, (ἄπορος)

being ἄπορος: hence,

I of places, difficulty of passing, X. An. 5.6.10.

II of things,

1. difficulty, straits, in sg. and pl., ἐς ἀπορίην πολλὴν ἀπιγμένος, ἀπειλημένος, Hdt. 1.79, 2.141; ἐν ἀπορίῃ or ἐν ἀποίῃσι ἔχεσθαι, Id. 9.98, 4.131, cf. Antipho 5.66; ἀπορίῃσιν ἐνείχετο Hdt. 1.190; ἀπορίην ἐρωτηθέντι παρασχεῖν Hp. VM 13, cf. Lys. 19.1; ἀπορια τελέθει, c. inf., Pi. N. 7.105, cf. Pl. Lg. 788c; εἰς φρέατα καὶ πᾶσαν ἀ. ἐμπίπτων Id. Tht. 174c: c. gen. rei, ἀ. τοῦ μὴ γινώσκειν Hp. Morb.Sacr. 1; ἀ. τοῦ μὴ ἡσυχάζειν impossibility of keeping quiet, Th. 2.49; ἀ. τῆς προσορμίσεως Id. 4.10; ἀ. τοῦ ἀνακαθαίρεσθαι Pl. Lg. 678d.

2. not providing a thing, Id. Men. 78e.

III of persons,

1. difficulty of dealing with or getting at, τῶν Σκυθέων Hdt. 4.83; τοῦ ἀποκτείναντος Antipho 2.4.2.

2. being at a loss, embarrassment, perplexity, ἀ. τοῦ δυστυχεῖν E. Ion 971, cf. Th. 7.44, 75, etc.; ἀ. ἐν τῷ λόγῷ συμβᾶσα Aeschin. 2.41; distress, discomfort, in illness, Hp. Epid. 5.42, Aret. SA 2.5: hence metaph., ὠδίνουσι καὶ ἀπορίας ἐμπίμπλανται Pl. Tht. 151a.

3. ἀ. τινός lack of a person or thing, σοφῶν ἀνδρῶν Ar. Ra. 806; τροφῆς, χρημάτων, etc., Th. 1.11, 7.48; ἀπώλλυντο.. ἀπορίᾳ τοῦ θεραπεύοντος for want of one to attend to them, Id. 2.51; ἀ. λόγων Pl. Ap. 38d; ἀ. πλοίων shortage of ships, CPHerm. 6.10: abs., need, poverty, Th. 1.123; ἀ. καὶ πενία And. 1.144; opp. εὐπορία, Arist. Pol. 1279b27: in pl., D. 19.146. in Dialectic, question for discussion, difficulty, puzzle, ἀπορίᾳ σχόμενος Pl. Prt. 321c; ἀ. ἣν ἀπορεῖς ib. 324d; ἡ ἀ. ἰσότης ἐναντίων λογισμῶν Arist. Top. 145b1, al.; ἔχει ἀπορίαν περί τινος Id. Pol. 1285b28; αἱ μὲν οὖν ἀ. τοιαῦταί τινες συμβαίνουσιν Id. EN 1146b6; οὐδεμίαν ποιήσει ἀ. Id. Metaph. 1085a27; ἀ. λύειν, διαλύειν, Id. MM 1201b1, Metaph. 1062b31; ἀπορίᾳ ἀπορίαν λύειν D.S. 1.37.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ἀπορία, ἀποριας, (ἀπορέω, which see), the state of one who is ἄπορος, perplexity: Luke 21:25. (Often in Greek writings from (Pindar and) Herodotus down; the Sept..)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ἀπορία , -ας ,

(< ἀπορέω ),

[in LXX for H928, etc.;]

perplexity: Luke 21:25 (MM, s.v.; on the construction, v. Field, Notes, 74 f.).†

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

Syll 529.6 (i/B.C.) τῶν μὲν διὰ τὴν ἀπ [ο ]ρίαν ἐκλελοιπότων τὴν πόλιν, τῶν δὲ διὰ τὴν γενομένη [ν λοι ]μικὴν περίστασιν καὶ τὰς ἀρρωστίας μὴ δυναμένων [φυ ]λάσσειν τὴν πατρίδα, where we naturally think of . as = ";poverty,"; but the interpretation given in the last article is applicable. In P Fay 20.5 (an imperial edict, iii/iv A.D.), which, is restored εἴ γε μὴ τὸ τῆς π [α ]ρὰ τοῖς καὶ τοῖς δημοσίας ἀπορίας ἐμποδὼν ἦν, πολὺ ἂν φανερωτέραν τὴν ἐμαυτοῦ μεγαλοψυχίαν ἐπιδεικ [ν ]ύμενος, the editors translate ";if the fact of the public embarrassment existing in various parts had not stood in my way, I should have made a much more conspicuous display of my magnanimity;"; but they remark that the δημοσίους, of the ill-spelt text should perhaps be emended δημοσίοις, with a lost word after the first τοῖς. Cf. also P Lips I. 36.7 (A.D. 376 or 378). In CPHerm 6.10 we have ἀπορίᾳ δὲ πλοίων ";from shortage of ships.";


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List of Word Forms
απερρύη απορια αποριά απορία ἀπορίᾳ απορίαν απορραγήσεται απορρήξει απορρήξουσι απορρυήσεται aporia aporíāi
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