One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Reject (a passage in a text) as spurious.‘some editions omitted or athetized the passage due to its hyperbolic nature’
- ‘Aristaracus, like many later commentators, was uncertain about the purpose of this passage and therefore athetized it.’
- ‘When Homer said something that would better have been left unsaid, one option for the scholars of Hellenistic Alexandria was simply to athetize it - to declare it spurious on the ground that Homer could not have said such a thing.’
- ‘When he asserted that the entire book should be athetized, he became one of the first in a long line of scholars to consign the entire book to the status of a book fragment.’
- ‘You may find it was a line athetized by Aristarchus, or a word variant suggested by Zenodotus, in which case you can suspect your perception of the Greek language is getting better.’
Late 19th century: from Greek athetos ‘without position’ + -ize, rendering the Greek verb athetein.
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