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ὥστε adv., bearing the same relation to ὡς, as ὅστε to ὅς, and used by Hom. more frequently than ὡς in similes; rare in attic Poets, κατώρυχες δ᾽ ἔναιον ὥστ᾽ ἀήσυροι μύρμηκες Aesch., etc., as being, like ἅτε, Lat. utpote, ῥεῖα μάλ᾽, ὥστε θεός very easily, as being a goddess, Il.; ὥστε περὶ ψυχῆς since it was for life, Od.; ὥστε ταῦτα νομίζων Hdt. Conjunction, to express the result or effect of the action in the principal clause:
I.with Inf. so as to do a thing, εἰ δέ σοι θυμὸς ἐπέσσυται, ὥστε νέεσθαι if thy heart is bent upon returning, Il.; οὐ τηλίκος, ὥστε πιθέσθαι not of such age as to obey, Od.; freq. in attic
2.after Comparatives with , when the possibility of the consequence is denied, μέζω κακὰ ὥστε ἀνακλαίειν greater woes than that one is wont to weep for, i. e. too great for tears, Hdt.; μεῖζον ὥστε φέρειν δύνασθαι κακόν Xen.:—the Posit. is sometimes put for the comp., ψυχρὸν ὥστε λούσασθαι (for ψυχρότερον ὥστε . .) too cold to bathe in, id=Xen.
II.with the Ind., to express the result with emphasis, οὐχ οὕτω φρενοβλαβέες, ὥστε ἐβούλοντο not so insane, as to wish, Hdt.; βέβηκεν, ὥστε πᾶν ἔξεστι φωνεῖν Soph., etc. the beginning of a sentence, to mark a strong conclusion, and so, therefore, consequently, ὥστ᾽ ὄλωλα καί σε προσδιαφθερῶ id=Soph.; with the Imperat., ὥστε μὴ λίαν στένε Soph.; ὥστε θάρρει Xen.
III.with part., for inf., by attraction to a participle in the principal clause, τοσοῦτον διενεγκόντες, ὥσθ᾽ ἐπιτάττοντες differing so much as to impose commands, Isocr.

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