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σαίνω , Hes.Th.771: Ep. impf.
II. metaph. of persons, fawn, cringe, “ὑδαρεῖ ς. φιλότητιA.Ag.798 (anap.), cf. Pers.97 (lyr., s.v.l.); also “ς. ποτὶ πάνταςPi.P.2.82; ς. ποτὶ ἀγγελίαν greet it with joy, Id.O.4.6.
III. c. acc. pers., fawn upon, “κέρκῳ τινάAr.Eq.1031, cf. AP9.604 (Noss.); so of fishes, “σαίνοντες οὐραίοισι τὴν κεκτημένηνS. Fr.762.
2. fawn on, pay court to, greet, τινα Pi.P.1.52; “ὅτ᾽ ἐλεύθερος ἀτμένα σαίνειCall.Aet.1.1.19; ς. μόρον cringe to it, seek to avert it, A.Th.383,704; παιδός με σαίνει φθόγγος greets me, S.Ant.1214; φαιδρὰ γοῦν ἀπ᾽ ὀμμάτων σαίνει με greets me gladly from her eyes, Id.OC320.
3. gladden, esp. with hope or conviction, “ἐλπίδι κέαρB.1.55; “οὐ γάρ με ς. θέσφαταE.Ion685 (lyr.); “τὰ λεγόμενα . . ς. τὴν ψυχήνArist.Metaph.1090a37; so ς. τὴν ὑπόσχεσιν receive it with marks of gladness, Luc.Merc.Cond.20 (dub., σαίνει τῇ ὑποσχέσει is prob. cj.):—Pass., “σαίνομαι δ᾽ ὑπ᾽ ἐλπίδοςA.Ch.194.
4. beguile, cozen, deceive, “ δ᾽ ἄρ᾽ ἐν σκότῳ λήθουσά με ἔσαιν᾽ ἘρινύςS.Fr.577; ς. μ᾽ ἔννυχος φρυκτωρία seeks to deceive me, E.Rh.55 (or in signf. 111.3).
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