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ὀκνέω ὄκνος shrink from doing, to scruple, hesitate to do a thing, c. inf., Il., etc.; ὀκνῶ προδότης καλεῖσθαι I shrink from being called, fear to be called, Soph.; ὀκνῶ ὀνομάσαι I shrink from naming, hesitate to name, Dem.; rarely c. acc., ὃν ὀκνεῖτε Soph.; ὀκνεῖν περί τινος Xen.
II.absol. to shrink, hesitate, hang back, Hdt., Soph., etc.

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