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πλεῖστος 1 Sup. of πολύς

I.most, largest, also very much, very large, both of number and size, Hom., etc.; πλεῖστός εἰμι τῇ γνώμῃ I incline most to the opinion, Hdt.
2.with the Art., οἱ πλεῖστοι, much like οἱ πολλοί, the greatest number, Thuc., etc.; τὸ πλεῖστον τοῦ βίου the greatest part of life, Plat.; also πλ. τῆς στρατιᾶς Thuc.
II.Special usages: ὅσας ἂν πλείστας δύναιντο καταστρέφεσθαι the greatest number that they could possibly subdue, Hdt.; ὅτι πλ. Thuc., etc.:— εἷς ἀνὴρ πλεῖστον πόνον παρασχών the greatest of all men, Aesch.
III.Adverb. usages:— πλεῖστον, μάλιστα, most, Il., attic; ὡς πλεῖστον, Lat. quam maxime, Xen.; sometimes added to a Sup., πλεῖστον ἐχθίστη, πλ. κάκιστος Soph.; so, πλεῖστα id=Soph.:— furthest, Plat.
2.with the Art., τὸ πλ. for the most part, Ar.
IV.with Preps.:
1.διὰ πλείστου furthest off, in point of space or time, Thuc.
3.ἐπὶ πλεῖστον over the greatest distance, to the greatest extent, in point of space or time, Hdt., Thuc.; ὡς ἐπὶ πλ. or ὡς ἐπὶ τὸ πλ. for the most part. Plat.; περὶ πλείστου ποιεῖσθαι, v. περί A. IV.

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