Definition of athetize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaTHəˌtīz/


[with object] rare
Reject (a passage in a text) as spurious.
Example sentences
  • When Homer said something that would better have been left unsaid, one option for the scholars of Hellenistic Alexandria was simply to athetize it - to declare it spurious on the ground that Homer could not have said such a thing.
  • You may find it was a line athetized by Aristarchus, or a word variant suggested by Zenodotus, in which case you can suspect your perception of the Greek language is getting better.
  • Aristaracus, like many later commentators, was uncertain about the purpose of this passage and therefore athetized it.



Pronunciation: /ˌaTHiˈtēsis/
Example sentences
  • No other work of Euripides has come down to us with so many distortions and has undergone so many atheteses as Iphigenia at Aulis.
  • Proponents of this solution point to Aristarchus' athetesis of line 92, a verse that is also missing in papyrus 12, a mid-third-century BCE text.


Late 19th century: from Greek athetos 'without position' + -ize, rendering the Greek verb athetein.

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