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Perseus.particle introducing a question
interrog. Particle, in accent and sense a stronger form of ἄρα:
1.when it stands alone it usually expects a negative answer, like Lat. num? attic; so ἆρα μή; num vero? Aesch.:—for an affirmative answer, ἆρ᾽ οὐ; ἆρ᾽ οὐχί; nonne vero? is used, Soph., etc. prose, ἆρα almost always stands first in the sentence.

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