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μάτην , Dor. μάτα_ν [μα^], Adv. vain, h.Cer.308, Pi.O.1.83, etc.; “μὴ πόνει μ.A.Pr.44; βλέποντες ἔβλεπον μ. ib.447; μ. ἐρεῖν ib.1007; with a Noun, τὸ μ. ἄχθος the fruitless burden, Id.Ag.165 (lyr.); Διὸς μ. ἄκοιτις his bedfellow to no good end, S.Tr.1149: as predicate, “μ. μόχθοςA.Ch.521.
3. idly, falsely, “λέγοντες εἴτ᾽ ἀληθές, εἴτ᾽ ἄρ᾽ οὖν μ.S.Ph.345; “λόγῳ μάτην θνῄσκοντεςId.El.63, cf. 1298; μ. βέβακεν, of a dream, A.Ag.423 (lyr.).—Originally acc. of μάτη, and we find εἰς μάτην in Luc.Trag.28,241, Aristid.Or.33(51).3; “ἐπὶ μ.POxy.530.8 (ii A.D.).
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