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ἐσθλός , ή, όν, Aeol. ἔσλος Sapph.28, Alc.96 : Dor. ἐσλός , ά, όν, Pi.P.8.73, etc. (never in B.); Arc. ἑσλός Inscr.Olymp.266 (v B. C.) : Comp. and Sup. -ότερος, -ότατος, AP9.156 (Antiphil.), 6.240 (Phil.) : —poet. Adj.,
A.= ἀγαθός, good of his kind, “. ἐν σταδίῃIl.15.283 : later c. inf., A.R.1.106, etc. : hence
3. like ἐΰς and φίλος, weakened almost to a possess. pron., “ἐσθλὸν ἀνεψιὸν ἐξεναρίξαςIl.16. 573, cf. 5.469, Od.3.379.
II. of things, good of their kind, φάρμακα, κτήματα, κειμήλια, Il.11.831, Od.2.312, Il.9.330, etc.
2. of mind, qualities, etc., “νόοςOd.7.73 ; “βουλήIl.9.76 ; “ἔπος1.108 ; “κλέος5.3, Pi.P.4.175 : freq. in neut. pl., “μυρί᾽..ἐσθλὰ ἔοργεIl.2.272 ; “ἔσθλ᾽ ἀγορεύοντες, κακὰ δὲ φρεσὶ βυσσοδόμευονOd.17.66 ; “ἔσλων κάλωνSapph.28, cf. Supp.2.4.
5. ἐσθλόν [ἐστι] c. inf., it is good, expedient to.., Il.24.301 : also pl., “οὐ γὰρ ἐσθλὰ..κερτομέεινArchil.64.—Poet. word, used by X.Cyr.1.5.9, Chrysipp.Stoic.3.60, Luc.Syr.D.19 (Ion.), etc.
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