A.nearest: as Adj. not in Ep.; nearest in place, A.Ag.256 (lyr.), S.OT919; “γένει ἄ. πατρός” E.Tr.48; “τὸν ἄ.” S.El.1105; ever nigh, Pi.P.9.64.
II. Hom. has only neut. as Adv., ἄγχιστον nearest, Od.5.280; more commonly pl., ἄγχιστα ἐῴκει was most nearly like , Il.2.58, 14.474; “ἄ. ἐοικώς” Od.13.80; “ἄ. ἐΐσκω” 6.152, cf. Pi.I.2.10: freq. c. gen., Διὸς ἄ. next to Zeus, A.Supp. 1035 (lyr.); “ἄ. τοῦ βωμοῦ” Hdt.9.81; “ἄ. οἰκεῖν τινος” Id.1.134, al., cf. Hp.Mul.2.181:—οἱ ἄ. those next of kin, Hdt.5.79; “ἄ. ἦν αὐτῷ γένους” Luc.Cat.17; also “τοὶ 'ς ἄσιστα πόθικες” IG5(2).159.17 (Tegea), cf.Jahresh.1.197 (Elis).