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αἰπύς , εῖα, ύ, Ep. and Lyr. Adj., rare in Trag.,
A.high and steep, in Hom. mostly of cities on rocky heights, esp. of Troy, Od.3.485, al.; of hills, Il.2.603; later of the sky, “αἰθήρB.3.36; “οὐρανόςS.Aj.845; on high, “ποδῶν αἰ. ἰωήHes.Th.682; ἁψαμένη βρόχον αἰπύν hanging high, Od.11.278.
2. metaph., sheer, utter, αἰ. ὄλεθρος freq. in Hom., death being regarded as the plunge from a high precipice; φόνος αἰ. Od.4.843; “θάνατοςPi.O.10(11).42; σκότος utter darkness, Id.Fr.228; of passions, etc., αἰ. χόλος towering wrath, Il.15.223; δόλος αἰ. h.Merc.66, Hes.Th.589; “αἰπυτάτη σοφίηAP11.354 (Agath.); arduous, “πόνοςIl.11.601, 16.651; αἰπύ οἱ ἐσσεῖται 'twill be hard work for him, 13.317.
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