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Entry for Strong's #3375 - μήν

Word Origin
a stronger form of (3303)
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. verily, certainly, truly
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (1) NAS (1) HCS (1)
Hebrews 1
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


Dor. (Epich. 78, etc.), Aeol. (Sapph. Supp. 23.5, etc.), and old μάν (in Hom.always folld. by a vowel exc. Il. 5.895, 765, whereas μήν is folld. by a consonant exc. in Il. 19.45; original μάν has prob. been changed to μέν exc. when the metre prevented),

I a Particle used to strengthen asseverations, verily, truly; a synonym of μέν but stronger, and like it always following the word which begins the clause, ὧδε γὰρ ἐξερέω, καὶ μ. τετελεσμένον ἔσται and so verily.., Il. 23.410; ἴστε μὰν.. ye know doubtless, Pi. I. 4(3).35: freq. with imper., ἄγε μ. on then, Il. 1.302; ἄγρει μάν 5.765; ἄναγε μάν A. Ch. 963 (lyr.); ἕπεο μάν S. OC 182 (lyr.).

II after other Particles,

1 ἦ μήν, now verily, full surely, ἦ μὴν καὶ πόνος ἐστίν Il. 2.291, cf. h.Ap. 87, Hes. Sc. 101; ἦ μάν Il. 2.370, 13.354, Sapph.l.c., Pi. P. 4.40, al. (εἶ μάν IG 5 (1).1390.27 (Andania, i B.C.)): strengthd., ἦ δὴ μάν Il. 17.538: freq. later in strong protestations or oaths, c. inf., ὄμνυσι δ' ἦ μὴν λαπάξειν A. Th. 531, cf. S. Tr. 1186, X. An. 2.3.26: in negation, ἦ μ. μή.. Th. 8.81, etc. (but also ὀμνύω μὴ μὰν φρονησεῖν SIG 527.36 (Crete, iii B.C.)): in Prose also to begin an independent clause, ὀμνύω.., ἦ μ. ἐγὼ ἐθυόμην X. An. 6.1.31; καὶ νὴ τὸν κύνα,.. ἦ μ. ἐγὼ ἔπαθόν τι τοιοῦτον Pl. Revelation 22:1-21 a.

2. καὶ μήν, sts. simply to add an asseveration, v. sub init., cf. Pi. N. 2.13, etc.; καὶ δὴ μάν Theoc. 7.120: freq. to introduce something new or deserving special attention, καὶ μὴν Τάνταλον εἰσεῖδον Od. 11.582, cf. 593, A. Pr. 459, Pers. 406, etc.; esp. in dramatic Poets to mark the entrance of a person on the stage, here comes.., Id. Th. 372, E. El. 339; also ὅδε μ. Αἵμων S. Ant. 626 (anap.), etc.; of new facts, and besides, nay more, καὶ μήν.. γε A. Pr. 982, cf. Ar. Pax 369, X. Smp. 4.15, etc.; in Orators to introduce new arguments, καὶ μήν.. γε Pl. Tht. 153b, D. 21.56; to introduce a counter-argument, Ar. Nu. 1185, Pl. Grg. 452c; καὶ μὴν καί D. 27.30, etc.: also in answers, to denote approbation or assent, ἀλλ' ἢν ἐφῇς μοι.. λέξαιμ' ἂν ὀρθῶς. Answ. καὶ μ. ἐφίημι well, I allow it, S. El. 556; μὴ νῦν διάτριβ', ἀλλ' ἄνυε πράττων.. Answ. καὶ μ. βαδίζω Ar. Pl. 413 (v.l.), cf. Ra. 895, E. Hec. 317; so καὶ μ... γε Pl. R. 426e, etc.

3. ἀλλὰ μήν, yet truly, Id. Pers. 233, etc.; ἀλλὰ μάν Ar. Ach. 765; ἀλλὰ μήν.. γε Id. Ra. 258; to allege something not disputed, Pl. Tht. 187a: rarely separated, ἀλλ' ἐστὶ μ. οἰκητός S. OC 28; ἀλλ' οὐδ' ἐγὼ μ... E. Hec. 401: more strongly, ὅμως μ. Pl. Plt. 297d.

4. ναὶ μήν, above all, Emp. 76.2.

5. οὐ μήν, of a truth not, Il. 24.52, A. Ag. 1068, etc.: elsewh. in Hom. οὐ μάν, Il. 12.318, etc.; μὴ μάν (Att. μὴ μήν) oh do not, 8.512, 15.476, etc.; ἀλλ' οὐ μάν 17.41; ἀλλ' οὐ μάν.. γε S. OC 153 (lyr.); οὐδὲ μάν Pi. P. 4.87.

6. ὡς μήν, = ἦ μήν, ὀμμνύω Δία.. ὡς μ. κρινεῖν τὰ ἀντιλεγόμενα Delph. 3(1).362 i 40. III after interrogatives, τί μ.; well, what of it? A. Eu. 203, Pl. Tht. 145e, etc.; τί μ. οὔ well, why not? E. Rh. 706 (lyr.); τῶς μ.; well, but how.. ? X. Cyr. 1.6.28; τίνος μ. ἕνεκα; ibid.; ποῦ μ.; to express surprise, Pl. Tht. 142a; ἀλλὰ πότε μήν; X. Smp. 4.23. with adversative force, esp. after a neg., so that it is equivalent to μέντοι, νῦν ἐμὲ μὲν στυγέει.., ἔσται μὰν ὅτ' ἄν.. Il. 8.370 - 373; οὐ μὴν ἄτιμοι.. τεθνήξομεν A. Ag. 1279; ἀνάγκη μὲν καὶ ταῦτ' ἐπίστασθαι.., οὐδὲν μ. κωλύει κτλ. Pl. Phdr. 268e, cf. Grg. 493c, R. 529e, etc.; χαλεπῶς ἔχει ὑπὸ τραυμάτων, μᾶλλον μ. αὐτὸν αἱρεῖ τὸ νόσημα Id. Tht. 142b; expressed more strongly by γε μ., Pi. P. 7.18, A. Th. 1067 (anap.), S. OC 587, X. Cyr. 6.1.7, etc.; also οὐ μ... γε A. Pr. 270, Th. 538; οὐδὲ μ. ib. 809, Ch. 189; οὐ μ. οὐδέ nor yet indeed, Th. 1.3, 82, etc.; οὐ μὰν οὐδέ Il. 4.512; ἀλλ' οὐ μὰν οὐδέ 23.441: on οὐ μὴν ἀλλά, v. ἀλλά 11.5.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

μήν (Prtcl) ((from Homer down)), a particle of affirmation, verily, certainly, truly (Wis. 6:25); μήν, see under at the end.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

μήν ,

a particle of assurance, verily, truly; εἰ (εἶ ) μ . (= cl., ἦ μ , in LXX and Papyri), now verily, full surely: Hebrews 6:14 (LXX).†

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

For this the older form of the proper name, as in the LXX, see Thackeray Gr. i. p. 163. The spelling Μουσῆς, Μουσῆ, is found in P Qxy VIII. 1116.21 (A.D. 363), P Grenf II. 102.1 (vii/A.D.), al. See further Preisigke Namenbuch , s.vv.



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