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μηδείς i. e. μηδὲ εἷς, μηδὲ μία, μηδὲ ἕν

I.and not one, related to οὐδείς as μή to οὐ, Il., etc.; —rare in Pl., Xen.
2.μηδὲ εἷς, which (so written) is never elided even in attic, retained the first emphatic sense not even one, and often had a Particle between, as μηδ᾽ ἂν εἷς, or a prep., μηδ᾽ ἐξ ἑνός, μηδὲ περὶ ἑνός etc., Plat.
II.nobody, naught, good for naught, μηδείς Soph.; pl., οὐ γὰρ ἠξίου τοὺς μηδένας id=Soph.:— so, μηδέν or τὸ μηδέν often as Subst., naught, nothing, id=Soph.; μηδὲν λέγειν to say what is naught, Xen.; τοῦ μηδενὸς ἄξιος Hdt.; ἐς τὸ μηδὲν ἥκειν Eur.;—and of persons, τὸ μηδέν a good for naught, τὸ μηδὲν εἶναι of an eunuch, Hdt.; τὸ μ. ὄντας Soph.
III.neut. μηδέν as adv. not at all, by no means, Aesch., etc.

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