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Strong's #86 - ᾅδης

Root Word (Etymology)
from (G1) (as negative particle) and (G1492)
Parts of Speech
proper locative noun
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  1. name Hades or Pluto, the god of the lower regions
  2. Orcus, the nether world, the realm of the dead
  3. later use of this word: the grave, death, hell
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1745 ‑ דּוּמָה (doo‑maw');  4191 ‑ מוּת (mooth);  4194 ‑ מָוֶת (maw'‑veth);  6757 ‑ צַלְמָוֶת (tsal‑maw'‑veth);  7585 ‑ שְׁאֹל (sheh‑ole', sheh‑ole');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


Ἅιδης or ᾅδης, ου, ὁ, Att.; Ἀΐδης, ao and εω; Dor. Αΐδας, α, used by Trag., in lyr.and anap.: gen. Αϊδος, dat. Αϊδι, Hom., Trag., v. infr.: (perh. - priv., ἰδεῖν): in Hom. only as pr.n. Hades, Ζεὺς καὶ ἐγώ, τρίτατος δ' Αΐδης Il. 15.188, cf. Hes. Th. 455: — εἰν' Αΐδαο δόμοισι in the nether world, Od. 4.834; freq. εἰν, εἰς Αΐδαο (sc. δόμοις, δόμους), as Il. 22.389, 21.48; εἰν Ἄϊδος Il 24.593; Trag. and Att. ἐν Ἅιδου, εἰς Ἅιδου (sc. οἴκῳ, οἶκον), S. Aj. 865, Ar. Ra. 69, etc.; Ἄϊδόσδε, Adv. to the nether world, Il. 7.330, etc.; παρ' Ἅιδῃ, παρ' Ἅιδην, OT 972, OC 1552: hence,

2. place of departed spirits, first in Il. 23.244 εἰσόκεν αὐτὸς.. Ἄϊδι κεύθωμαι; ἐπὶ τὸν ᾅδην Luc. Cat. 14; εἰς ἀΐδην AP 11.23; ἐν τῷ ᾅδῃ Luke 16:23. II after Hom., the grave, death, ἀΐδαν λαγχάνειν, δέξασθαι, Pi. P. 5.96, I. 6(5).15; ᾅδης πόντιος death by sea, A. Ag. 667, cf. E. Alc. 13, Hipp. 1047; ᾅδου πύλη, Astrol., region below the Horoscope, Vett.Val. 179.13.

2. gen. ᾅδου with nouns in adjectival sense, devilish, θύουσαν ᾅ. μητέρ' A. Ag. 1235; ᾅ. μάγειρος E. Cyc. 397; fatal, deadly, δίκτυον, ξίφη ᾅ., A. Ag. 1115, E. Or. 1399. [ Hom. in all forms exc. ᾱῐδος before vowels; ᾱῐδης Semon. 7.117, prob. in S. OC 1689.]

Thayer's Expanded Definition

Ἅιδης, ᾅδης, , (for the older Ἀΐδης, which Homer uses, and this from the alpha privative and ἰδεῖν, not to be seen (cf. Lob. Path. Element. 2:6f)); in the classics

1. a proper name, Hades, Pluto, the god of the lower regions; so in Homer always.

2. an appellative, Orcus, the nether world, the realm of the dead (cf: Theocritus, idyll. 2,159 schol. τήν τοῦ ᾅδου κρούει πύλην. τουτ' ἔστιν ἀποθανεῖται. In the Sept. the Hebrew שְׁאול is almost always rendered by this word (once by θάνατος, 2 Samuel 22:6); it denotes, therefore, in Biblical Greek Orcus, the infernal regions, a dark (Job 10:21) and dismal place (but cf. γέεννα and παράδεισος) in the very depths of the earth (Job 11:8; Isaiah 57:9; Amos 9:2, etc.; see ἄβυσσος), the common receptacle of disembodied spirits: Luke 16:23; εἰς ᾅδου namely, δόμον, Acts 2:27, 31, according to a very common ellipsis, cf. Winers Grammar, 592 (550) (Buttmann, 171 (149)); (but L T Tr WH in Acts 2:27 and T WH in both verses read εἰς ᾅδην; so the Sept. Psalm 15:10 ()); πύλαι ᾅδου, Matthew 16:18 (πυλωροί ᾅδου, Job 38:17; see πύλη); κλείς τοῦ ᾅδου, Revelation 1:18; Hades as a power is personified, 1 Corinthians 15:55 (where L T Tr WH read θάνατε for R G ᾅδῃ (cf. Acts 2:24 Tr marginal reading)); Revelation 6:8; Revelation 20:13f. Metaphorically, ἕως ᾅδου καταβαίνειν or) καταβιβάζεσθαι to (go or) be thrust down into the depth of misery and disgrace: Matthew 11:23 (here L Tr WH καταβαίνειν); Luke 10:15 (here Tr marginal reading WH text καταβαίνειν). (See especially Boettcher, De Inferis, under the word ἀϊδής in Greek index. On the existence and locality of Hades cf. Greswell on the Parables, Appendix, chapter x, vol. v, part ii, pp. 261-406; on the doctrinal significance of the word see the BB. DD. [Hades] and E. R. Craven in Lange on Revelation, pp. 364-377.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ᾅδης , -ου , ,

[in LXX chiefly for H7585, also for H1745, H4194, etc.;]

1. in Hom., Hades (Pluto), the god of the underworld.

2. the abode of Hades, the underworld; in NT, the abode of departed spirits, Hades: ἐν τ . ., Luke 16:23; εἰς ᾅ ., Acts 2:27; Acts 2:31; πύλαι ᾅδου , Matthew 16:18; κλεῖς τοῦ ᾅ ., Revelation 1:18; metaph., ἕως ᾅ ., Matthew 11:23, Luke 10:15; personified, Revelation 6:8; Revelation 20:13-14 (Cremer, 67, 610; MM, VGT, s.v.).†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

Without suggesting that there is anything to be called a real parallel with Revelation 21:8, it may be worth while to quote P Oxy I. 33iv. 3 ff. (late ii/A.D.), an interesting papyrus describing an interview between M. Aurelius or Commodus and a rebel, τίς ἤδη τὸν δεύτερόν μου ᾅδην προσκυνοῦντα καὶ τοὺς πρὸ ἐμοῦ τελευτήσαντας. . . μετεκαλέσατο, i.e. ";facing death for the second time."; The word does not appear in the indices of any papyrus collection, so far as non-literary documents go : the magic papyrus, P Leid Vvii. 30 (οὗ ἡ γῆ ἀκούσασα ἐλεύσεται, ὁ ᾅδης ἀκούων ταράσσεται) will serve as exception to prove the rule. Except for its appropriation from the literary language to represent Sheol in the LXX, we should probably not find it in NT. It is significant that Paul substitutes θάνατε for ᾅδη when quoting Hosea 13:14 in 1 Corinthians 15:55. Prof. W. M. Calder tells us the word is common on tombstones in Asia Minor—doubtless a survival of its use in the old Greek religion.


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List of Word Forms
αδη άδη ᾅδῃ αδην άδην ᾅδην αδης άδης ᾅδης αδου άδου ᾅδου ade adē aden adēn ades adēs adou hade hadē haden hadēn hades hadēs hadou hā́idei hā́idēi hā́iden hā́idēn hā́ides hā́idēs hā́idou
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