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σφα^λερός , ά, όν, (σφάλλω)
A.likely to make one stumble or trip metaph., slippery, perilous, τυραννὶς χρῆμα ς. Hdt.3.53; γνωμέω. . τὴν -ωτέρην σεωυτῷId.7.16.“ά; σφαλερὸν ἡγεμὼν θρασύςE.Supp. 508; τοῦτο δέ γ́ ἐστὶν τὸ καλὸν ς. Id.IA21 (anap.); “ βιοτή . . ἐπὶ παντὶ σφαλερὰ κεῖσαιId.Fr.916 (lyr.); πάντων -ώτατον, of future events, Th.4.62, cf. Hp.Aph.1.1; “-ώτατοι καιροίPhld.Oec.p.48 J., SIG796 B 10 (Epid., i A.D.); of poems, Pl.Lg.810b; ς. τρόπος (v.l. τόπος) Hp.Prog.22; σφαλερόν [ἐστι], c. inf., Pl.R.451a, Lg.688b; τὸ ἐπιχειρῆσαι ς. X.HG2.1.2. Adv. Comp. -ώτερον, νοσεῖν to be more dangerously ill, Gal.15.724.
II. (σφάλλομαι) ready to fall, tottering, reeling, “κῶλαA.Eu.371 (lyr.); “ῥῦμαS.Aj.159 (anap.); σῶμα ς. ἐν ταῖς κινήσεσι, of revellers and sufferers from coma, Gal. 7.645; ἕξις ς. πρὸς ὑγίειαν uncertain in point of health, Pl.R.404a. Adv. -ρῶς, ὑγιαίνειν enjoy health precariously, Gal.6.810.
III. of persons, where the sense often fluctuates between 1 and 11, “ἴχνεσι σφαλεροίNic.Al.189, cf. 400; ς. σύμμαχοι uncertain, D.1.7; προστάτης ς. E.Fr.774.3. Adv. “-ρῶςId.IA600 (anap.), Isoc.7.1.
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