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ἄθλιος attic contr. of epic ἀέθλιος, see also ἄεθλον, ἆθλον

I.gaining the prize, or running for it (this sense only in epic form) ἵππος ἀεθλίη a race-horse, Theogn.; μῆλον ἀέθλ. the apple of discord, Anth.
II.metaph. struggling, wretched, miserable (this sense only in attic form), of persons Aesch., etc.: comp. -ιώτερος Soph.: Sup. -ιώτατος Eur.:—also of states of life, γάμοι, βίος, τύχη Trag.: —adv. -ίως, miserably, Soph. moral sense, pitiful, wretched, Dem.
3.without any moral sense, wretched, sorry, θηρσὶν ἀθλία βορά Eur.:—adv., ἀθλίως καὶ κακῶς with wretched success, Dem.

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