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Entry for Strong's #2163 - εὔφημος

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Thayer's Definition
  1. sounding well
  2. uttering words of good omen, speaking auspiciously
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Philippians 1
Philippians 1
Philippians 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


Dor. εὔφᾱμος, ον, (φήμη)


1. uttering sounds of good omen, ἀετός Arist. HA 618b31: usu. in derived senses, I abstaining from inauspicious words, i.e. religiously silent, εὔφημον.. κοίμησον στόμα A. Ag. 1247; γλῶσσαν εὔ. φέρειν Id. Ch. 581; so perh. εὔ. γόοι Id. Fr. 40; εὐφάμου στόμα φροντίδος ἱέντες moving the lips of reverent thought, i.e. keeping a holy silence, S. OC 132 (lyr.); so ὑπ' εὐφήμου βοῆς, i.e. in silence, Id. El. 630; εὔφημα φώνει, = εὐφήμει, Id. Aj. 362, 591, E. IT 687; εὔφημος ἴσθι S. Fr. 478; εὔ. πᾶς ἔστω λαός Ar. Th. 39 (anap.).

2. mild, softening (cf. εὐφημία 11.1, εὐφημισμός), ἐν-οτάτοις ὀνόμασι.. κατονομάζειν Pl. Alc. 2.140c; πρὸς τὸ -ότατον, Lat. in meliorem partem, Luc. Prom. Ezekiel 3:1-27. Adv. Comp. - ότερον Eust. 1398.49.

3. fair-spoken, εἰς τὸ δαιμόνιον Phld. Piet. 18.

II in positive sense, fair-sounding, auspicious, μῦθοι Xenoph. 1.14; ἦμαρ A. Ag. 636; ἔπος Id. Supp. 512; εὔφημοι κέλαδοι E. Tr. 1072 (lyr.); εὔφαμον δ' ἐπὶ βωμοῖς μοῦσαν θείατ' ἀοιδοί A. Supp. 694 (lyr.); Μούσης ἀνοίγειν.. εὔφημον στόμα Ar. Av. 1719; εὔ. πόνοι pious, holy, E. Ion 134 (lyr.); δόμοι Id. Andr. 1144; ᾠδῆς γένος, ἐρωτήματα, Pl. Lg. 800e, Hp.Ma. 293a, cf. Philippians 4:8; πλοῦς Iamb. VP 3.16 (Sup.). Adv. - μως with or in words of good omen, h.Ap. 171 (dub. l.), A. Eu. 287, IG 12.108.55, Pl. Phdr. 265c: Comp. - ότερον Aristaenet. 2.9.

III laudatory, λόγοι εὔ. panegyrics, Plb. 31.3.4. (Also f.l. for εὔχυμος Aët. 5.58, for εὔφιμος Nic. Al. 275.)

Thayer's Expanded Definition

εὔφημος, ἐυφημον (εὖ and φήμη), sounding well; uttering words of good omen, speaking auspiciously: neuter plural εὔφημα, things spoken in a kindly spirit, with good-will to others, Philippians 4:8 (A. V. of good report (R. V. marginal reading gracious)). (In very diverse senses common in Greek writings from Aeschylus down.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

εὔφημος , -ον

(εὖ , φήμη ),

[in Sm.: Psalms 63:6;]

primarily, uttering words or sounds of good omen, hence,

1. avoiding ill-omened words, religiously silent.

2. fair-sounding, auspicious (R, mg., gracious): Philippians 4:8.†

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

A suggestion of the earlier associations of this word (see s.v. εὐφημία) may perhaps be found in Philippians 4:8, where it recalls Greek ethical teaching, and ";signifies the delicacy which guards the lips, that nothing may be expressed in public worship that could disturb devotion or give rise to scandal"; (E. Curtius Gesch. Abhandl. ii. p. 532, Exp. VII. iv. p. 442).


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