Aorist Definition

āər-ĭst
noun
A form of a verb in some languages, such as Classical Greek, that expresses action without indicating its completion or continuation.
American Heritage
A past tense of Greek verbs, denoting an action without indicating whether completed, continued, or repeated.
Webster's New World
A form of a verb in some languages, such as Classical Greek or Sanskrit, that in the indicative mood expresses past action.
American Heritage

(grammar) A verb in the aorist past, that is, in the past tense and the aorist aspect (the event described by the verb viewed as a completed whole). Also called the perfective past. The nearest equivalent in English is the simple past. The term aorist is used particularly often for verbs in Ancient and Modern Greek.

Wiktionary
adjective
Designating or in this tense.
Webster's New World
(grammar) Of or pertaining to a verb in the aorist aspect.
The aorist stem of a verb.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Aorist

Noun

Singular:
aorist
Plural:
aorists

Origin of Aorist

  • From Greek aoristos indefinite, aorist tense a- not a–1 horistos definable (from horizein to define horizon)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἀόριστος (aoristos, “not done, not completed”).

    From Wiktionary

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