- a verb tense, as in Classical Greek, expressing action or, in the indicative mood, past action, without further limitation or implication.
- of or in this tense.
Origin of aorist
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The time-forms of the verb are three, the present, the aorist, and the future.The Maya Chronicles
The aorist form has, besides its own, the sense of the perfect.
Wherever there is the perfect, the aorist is wanting, and vice vers.
The English prterite is the equivalent, not to the Greek perfect but the Greek aorist.
The distinctive forms are the present, the perfect, and the aorist.
C16: from Greek aoristos not limited, from a- 1 + horistos restricted, from horizein to define
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Word Origin and History for aorist
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