sophrosyne

noun so·phros·y·ne \səˈfräsən(ˌ)ē\

Definition of sophrosyne

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  temperance 2

  2. 2a :  self-control b :  prudence —contrasted with hubris

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Origin and Etymology of sophrosyne

Greek sōphrosynē, from sōphrōn being of sound mind, prudent, reasonable (from saos, sōs whole, safe, sound + -phrōn; akin to Greek phrēn mind) + -sȳnē, suffix used to form abstract nouns


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