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κράτιστος 1 a superl. formed from κρατύς κράτος

1.strongest, mightiest, Il., etc.; Λημνίων τὸ κρ. the best of their men, Thuc.:—of things, καρτίστη μάχη the fiercest fight, Il.
2.generally, best, most excellent, as Sup. of ἀγαθός, Pind., Soph., etc.
3.οἱ κράτιστοι, like οἱ βέλτιστοι, of the aristocracy, Xen.
4.neut. pl. κράτιστα as adv., best, id=Xen. —The comp. in use is κρείσσων, q. v.

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