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τὸ τῆς λοιδορίας κ.τ.λ. ‘the least of these evils, namely, abusive language, has been provided for by the laws, for the avoidance of (πρὸ） &c.’—προεωραται, which may have either a middle or a passive sense, has here almost certainly the latter, especially as we have just had ἑωράμεθα as a passive in § 16. προεώραμαι occurs as passive in Arist. Met. II 1, and προεωρᾶσθαι as middle in Diod. Sic. XX 102. Westermann here supplies ὁ νόμος, and thus takes it as a middle; but Dem. in the present passage and its context appears to prefer the plural οἱ νόμοι, though ἐκ τοῦ νόμου occurs four lines back. ἐκ λοιδορίας εἰς πληγάς 40 § 32 ἐξ ἀντιλογίας καὶ λοιδορίας πληγὰς συναψάμενος.
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