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πρέσβυς old man, Lat. senex, (the prose form is πρεσβύτης), Soph., Eur.:— πρέσβυς is used much like πρεσβύτερος, the elder, Aesch.:—pl. πρέσβεις, elders, always implying dignity, chiefs, princes, id=Aesch.; epic πρέσβηες Hes.
2.Hom. uses only the comp. and Sup., comp. πρεσβύτερος, α, ον, elder, older, Il., Hdt., Pind., attic; ἐνιαυτῷ by a year, Ar.; βουλαὶ πρεσβύτεραι the wise councils of age, Pind.;—Sup. πρεσβύτατος, η, ον, eldest, Il., Hes., etc.: —the comp. and Sup. were used of things, πρεσβύτερόν τι (or οὐδὲν) ἔχειν = Lat. aliquid (or nihil) antiquius habere, to deem higher, more important, τὰ τοῦ θεοῦ πρεσβύτερα ποιεῖσθαι τὰ τῶν ἀνδρῶν Hdt.; πρεσβύτατον κρίνειν τι Thuc.; πρεσβυτέρως γυμναστικὴν μουσικῆς τετιμηκέναι more highly than . . , Plat.: —hence, merely of magnitude, πρεσβύτερον κακὸν κακοῦ one evil greater than another, Soph. πρεσβευτής, an ambassador, Aesch., Ar.;—pl. πρέσβεις is more used than πρεσβευταί, Ar., Xen., etc.
III.a chief, president: comp. πρεσβύτερος, an elder of the Jewish Council, NTest., etc.: an elder of the Church, presbyter, id=NTest.

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