[ ey-uh-rist ]
/ ˈeɪ ə rɪst /


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

1575–85; < Greek aóristos unlimited, equivalent to a- a-6 + (h)oristós limited (*horid- (base of horízein to bound, limit; see horizon) + -tos adj. suffix) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for aorist

/ (ˈeɪərɪst, ˈɛərɪst) /


grammar a tense of the verb in classical Greek and in certain other inflected languages, indicating past action without reference to whether the action involved was momentary or continuousCompare perfect (def. 8), imperfect (def. 4)

Derived forms of aorist

aoristic, adjectiveaoristically, adverb

Word Origin for aorist

C16: from Greek aoristos not limited, from a- 1 + horistos restricted, from horizein to define
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