aorist

noun
ao·​rist | \ ˈā-ə-rəst How to pronounce aorist (audio) \

Definition of aorist

: an inflectional form of a verb typically denoting simple occurrence of an action without reference to its completeness, duration, or repetition

Other Words from aorist

aorist or aoristic \ ˌā-​ə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce aorist (audio) \ adjective
aoristically \ ˌā-​ə-​ˈri-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aorist (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of aorist

1566, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aorist

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

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“Aorist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aorist. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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