Aorist



a verb tense, as in Classical Greek, expressing action or, in the indicative mood, past action, without further limitation or implication.
of or in this tense.
Historical Examples

The present tense can be used instead of the aorist; and that on the principle of representation.
The English Language Robert Gordon Latham

Wherever there is the perfect, the aorist is wanting, and vice vers.
A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham

Expressed, in English, by the prterite, in Greek by the aorist.
The English Language Robert Gordon Latham

The English prterite is the equivalent, not to the Greek perfect but the Greek aorist.
A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham

The time-forms of the verb are three, the present, the aorist, and the future.
The Maya Chronicles Various

The distinctive forms are the present, the perfect, and the aorist.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4 Various

Hence the idea of habit may arise out of the idea of either present time or aorist time.
The English Language Robert Gordon Latham

What if the future be derived from the aorist, instead of the aorist from the future?
Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham

Take your stand (note the aorist tense) in the face of the devil, the great hinderer and slanderer.
Studies in the Epistle of James A. T. Robertson

In the following, an aorist is followed not by an optative, but by a subjunctive.
The English Language Robert Gordon Latham

noun
(grammar) a tense of the verb in classical Greek and in certain other inflected languages, indicating past action without reference to whether the action involved was momentary or continuous Compare perfect (sense 8), imperfect (sense 4)
n.

1580s, the simple past tense of Greek verbs, from Greek aoristos (khronos) “indefinite (tense),” from privative prefix a- “not” (see a- (3)) + horistos “limited, defined,” verbal adjective from horizein “to limit, define,” from horos “boundary, limit, border” (see horizon).

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