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Entry for Strong's #3176 - μέγιστος

Word Origin
superlative of (3173)
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. greatest, very great
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2 Peter 1
2 Peter 1
2 Peter 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

μεγιστό-σωμος, ον,

of largest frame, Tz. H. 8.272.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

μέγιστος, see μέγας, at the beginning

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

μέγιστος , see μέγας G3173.

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

The occurrence of the superlative of μέγας only once in the NT, 2 Peter 1:4, where it is elative, is in keeping with its comparatively rare use in Hellenistic Greek. It survives principally as an elative epithet of gods, e.g. P Par 15i. 17 (B.C. 120) τῆς μεγίστης θεᾶς Ἥρας : cf. Syll 342 (= .8 762).23 (c. B.C. 48) νεωστ ]εί τε τοῦ βασιλέως Βυρεβίστα πρώτου καὶ μεγίστου γεγ ]ονότος τῶν ἐπὶ Θρᾴκης βασιλέων, and ib..25 ἐν τῇ πρώτῃ καὶ με (γίσ)[τῃ βασι ]λίᾳ. The adj. is also found in such idiomatic phrases as P Petr II. 13 (19).6 (B.C. 258–253) ὃ ἐμοὶ [μ ]έγιστον ἔσται, ";which will be my main object,"; BGU IV. 1204.8 (B.C. 28) σεατοῦ [ἐπιμέλου ἵν᾽ ὑγιαίνῃς ὃ δὴ μέγιστόν ἐστι, ib. 1208.50 (B.C. 27–6) ̣ δὴ ̣ μέγιστον ἡγ ̣ο ̣υ ̣ͅμ ̣[αι, al. Cf. also P Tebt I. 33.17 (B.C. 112) (= Selections, p. 31) ̣π ̣ι ̣, π ̣α ̣ν ̣[των ] τὴν μεγίστην φροντίδα ποιουμένου, ";taking the greatest care on all points,"; P Oxy II. 292.9 (c. A.D. 25) (= Selections, p. 38) χαρίεσαι δέ μοι τὰ μέγιστα, ";you will do me the greatest favour,"; and P Heid 6.27 (iv/A.D.) (= Selections, p. 127) ἐπὶ μέγιστον χρόνον, ";for many years."; On μεγάλη in the sense of μεγίστη in Matthew 22:36 see Field Notes, p. 16 f. The double superlative μεγιστότατος is seen in the horoscope P Lond 130.49 (i/ii A.D.) (= I. p. 134) ὅθεν ὁ μὲν μεγιστότατος ἥλιος καὶ τῶν ὅλων δυνάστης.


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