ao·​rist ˈā-ə-rəst How to pronounce aorist (audio)
: an inflectional form of a verb typically denoting simple occurrence of an action without reference to its completeness, duration, or repetition
aorist adjective
or aoristic
aoristically adverb

Word History


Late Latin & Greek; Late Latin aoristos, from Greek, from aoristos undefined, from a + horistos definable, from horizein to define — more at horizon

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aorist was in 1566

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Cite this Entry

“Aorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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