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δεξιά fem. of δεξιός

1.the right hand, opp. to ἀριστερά, Il.; ἐκ δεξιᾶς on the right, Ar.; ἐν δεξιᾶι ἔχειν τὰ οὔρεα to keep them on the right, as you go, Hdt.; ἐν δ. λαβεῖν τὴν Σικελίαν id=Hdt.; so, ἐν δ. ἐσπλέοντι on your right as you sail in, id=Hdt.; used in welcoming, δεξιὰν διδόναι to salute by offering the right hand, Ar.
2.the right hand given as a pledge or assurance, δεξιαὶ ἧις ἐπέπιθμεν Il.; δεξιὰς δόντες καὶ λαβόντες having exchanged assurances, made a treaty, Xen.; δεξιὰς παρὰ βασιλέως φέρειν μή . . to bring pledges that he would not . . , id=Xen.—Though δεξιά is manifestly fem. of δεξιός, it is always used as a Subst. without χείρ; but δ. χείρ occurs in Soph., Eur., Ar.

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