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ῥοπ-ή , , (ῥέπω)
A.turn of the scale, fall of the scale-pan, weight, Arist. Cael.307b33; μέχρι τοῦ μέσου τὴν . ἔχειν gravitate to . ., ib.297a28; downward momentum, “τῷ μείζονι βάρει καὶ . πλείων παρέπεταιPh. Bel.69.21; . ποιεῖν make (counter-)weight, Thphr.CP5.4.7; γᾶ ἐρήρεισται ἐπὶ τᾶς αὐτᾶς . in equilibrium, Ti.Locr.97e; διαστρεφόντων τὴν . disturbing the balance, Plu.Cam.28.
2. metaph., balancing, suspense, δ᾽ (sc. πόλις)“ ἔχεται ῤόπαςAlc.25; “. ΔίκαςA.Ch.61 (lyr.); “ἐν οὖν . τοιᾷδε κειμένῳS.Tr.82; ποντοναῦται . . λεπταῖς ἐπὶ ῥοπῆσιν ἐμπολὰς μακρὰς ἀεὶ παραρρίπτοντες staking distant ventures on nice balancings, Id.Fr.555 ( = Philol.88.2); . βίου μοι the turning-point or sinking-point of life, i.e. death, Id.OC1508; “. 'στιν ἡμῶν βίος ὥσπερ ζυγόςMen.Mon.465.
II. weight placed in the scale-pan, Arist.Mech.850a13; esp. small additional weight, make-weight, casting weight, IG22.1013.35, al.; “ὡς . ἐκ πλαστίγγωνLXX Wi.11.22; ὡς . ζυγοῦ ἐλογίσθησαν 'as dust in the balance', ib.Is.40.15; οὐδ᾽ ὅσον . Herod.7.33.
III. decisive moment, crisis (i.e. victory), καὶ τὸν Βαλαὰμ . . ἀπέκτειναν ἐν τῇ . LXX Jo.13.22: so generally, moment, πρὸς μίαν . . . διεφθάρη in one moment, ib.Wi.18.12; ὑστάτην βίου . αὑτοῖς ἐκείνην δόξαντες εἶναι ib.3 Ma.5.49; “ἐν ῥοπῆς καιρῷ βραχεῖAP11.289 (Pall.).
IV. discount deducted from a payment, PLond.3.780.4 (vi A.D.), POxy.143.3 (vi A.D.), etc.; perh. illicit commission, Cod. Just.
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