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2920. μήν (postpositive): (1) asseverative, in truth, surely; (2) adversative, especially after a negative, yet, however. The forms μήν (Hom., Att.), μά_ν (Hom., Lesb., Dor., lyric parts of tragedy), μέν truly (Hom., Att.) and μά in oaths are all connected. μήν emphasizes either a whole statement or a single word.

““ὧδε γὰρ ἐξερέω, καὶ μὴν τετελεσμένον ἔσταιfor thus I will declare, and verily it shall be accomplishedΨ 410; ““καλὸν μὲν ἀλήθεια . . ., ἔοικε μὴν οὐ ῥᾴδιον πείθεινtruth is a fine thing, yet it does not seem an easy thing to persuadeP. L. 663e, εἰ δ᾽ ἄγε μήν come now, on then A 302, ““οὐδὲν μὴν κωλύ_ειbut nothing hindersP. Phae. 268e.

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