the aggregate of qualities, as valor and virtue, making up good character.
Origin of arete
From the Greek word aretḗ
noun Physical Geography, Geology.
a sharp rugged mountain ridge, produced by glaciation.
Origin of arête
1860–65; < French; Old French areste sharp ridge < Latin arista awn, ear of wheat
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Historical Examples of arete
You will think that I am inventing, but I say that if kakia is right, then arete is also right.
But Arete pleaded hard with her husband for Medeia, for her heart was softened.
But for all that Arete besought him, until she won him round.
Arete was also learned in natural history and in other branches of science.
Arete, daughter of Aristippus, continued the latter's teachings after his death.
British Dictionary definitions for arete
a sharp ridge separating two cirques or glacial valleys in mountainous regions
Word Origin for arête
C19: from French: fishbone, backbone (of a fish), ridge, sharp edge, from Latin arista ear of corn, fishbone
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Word Origin and History for arete
"sharp crest of a mountain," 1862, from Swiss French arête, from Latin arista "ear of grain, the top of an ear," which probably is of Etruscan origin. The figure is of something jagged.
important concept in Greek philosophy, "virtue, excellence," especially of manly qualities; literally "that which is good." The comparative form is areion, the superlative is aristos (cf. aristocracy).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A sharp, narrow ridge or spur commonly found above the snow line in mountainous areas that have been sculpted by glaciers. Arêtes form as the result of the continued backward erosion of adjoining cirques.
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