i. e. μηδὲ εἷς, μηδὲ μία, μηδὲ ἕν
I.and not one
, related to οὐδείς
, etc.; —rare in Pl., Xen.
, 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
II.nobody, naught, good for naught
, ὁ μηδείς Soph.
; pl., οὐ γὰρ ἠξίου τοὺς μηδένας id=Soph.
:— so, μηδέν
or τὸ μηδέν
often as Subst., naught, nothing
; μηδὲν λέγειν
to say what is naught
; 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.
as adv. not at all, by no means