φὴς δεδρακέναι, ἢ καταρνεῖ μὴ δεδρ., a zeugma. καταρνεῖ. In this compound (found only here) “κατά” gives the notion of ‘downright,’ ‘explicit’: cp. “καταφάναι” (to affirm), “κατάδηλος. μή” regularly precedes the inf. when “ἀρνεῖσθαι” means ‘to deny,’ but not when it means ‘to refuse’: Phaedr. 256 A “ἀπαρνηθῆναι τὸ αὑτοῦ μέρος χαρίσασθαι”.
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