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θεσπέσιος , α, ον, also ος, ον E.Andr.296 (lyr.), Luc.Sacr.13: (perh. for θεσ-σπέσιος, cf. θεός, ἔσπον):—prop. of the voice,
A.divinely sounding, divinely sweet, “ἀοιδήIl.2.600; “ΣειρῆνεςOd.12.158; “ἔπεαPi.I.4(3).39; “ἀχέταςAr.Av.1095 (lyr.).
2. divinely uttered or decreed, dat. sg. fem. θεσπεσίῃ as Adv., Il.2.367.
b. oracular, “γένοςPi.P.12.13 (of the Graiae); “δάφναE. l.c.; θ. ὁδός the way of divination, of Cassandra, A.Ag.1154 (lyr.); εὐχαῖς ὑπὸ θ. with prayers to the gods, Pi. I.6(5).44.
II. more than human: hence, awful, of natural phenomena, “θ. νέφοςIl. 15.669; “ἀχλύςOd.7.42; “λαῖλαψ9.68; marvellous, “χάρις2.12; θ. ἄωτον, χαλκός, 9.434, Il.2.457; θ. ὀδμή a smell divinely sweet, Od.9.211; ὀσμὴ θ. Hermipp.82.9; of human affairs, θ. φύζα, φόβος, Il.9.2, 17.118; “πλοῦτος2.670; “ἠχή8.159; “βοήOd.24.49; “θ. ὅμιλοςTheoc. 15.66: also in Prose, “τέχνη θ. τις καὶ ὑψηλήPl.Euthd.289e; “θ. βίοςId.R.365b; θ. καὶ ἡδεῖα διαγωγή ib.558a; “σοφοὶ καὶ θ. ἄνδρεςId.Tht.151b, cf. Philostr.Dial.1; “φύσειςId.VS2.9.2; “θ. τὴν γνώμηνLuc. Alex.4.
III. Adv. -ίως, θ. ἐφόβηθεν they trembled unspeakably, Il.15.637: neut. θεσπέσιον as Adv., “θ. ὑλᾶνTheoc.25.70; also “ἀπόζει θ. ὡς ἡδύHdt.3.113; “ὠδώδει θ. οἷονPlu.Alex.20; θεσπεσίηθεν divinely, “ἀρηρόταEmp.96.4. —Chiefly Ep., once in Hdt., twice in Trag. (lyr.), once in Ar. (lyr.).
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