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arete

1

[ ahr-i-tey ]

noun

  1. the aggregate of qualities, as valor and virtue, making up good character:

    Our greatest national heroes not only did extraordinary things, but had enormous arete.



arête

2

[ uh-reyt ]

noun

, Physical Geography, Geology.
  1. a sharp rugged mountain ridge, produced by glaciation.

arête

/ əˈreɪt; əˈrɛt /

noun

  1. a sharp ridge separating two cirques or glacial valleys in mountainous regions


arête

/ ə-rāt /

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of arete1

First recorded in 1550–70; from Greek aretḗ “excellence, virtue”

Origin of arete2

First recorded in 1860–65; from French: literally, “fishbone, ridge, bridge (of the nose),” from Old French areste “sharp ridge,” from Latin arista “ear of grain (wheat), awn”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of arete1

C19: from French: fishbone, backbone (of a fish), ridge, sharp edge, from Latin arista ear of corn, fishbone

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Example Sentences

Only after Calypso is put aside, do Arete the wife and Nausicaa the maid become possible.

From the grot of Calypso he passes to the home of Arete; both woman and man are in an ethical relation.

Still she withholds her sympathy at first for a good reason; Arete is not wholly impulse and feeling, she has thought, reflection.

Pallas and Nausicaa, he first goes to Arete and clasps her knees in supplication, begging for an escort to his country.

Altogether too sudden; Arete would not have said that, though the woman be the natural match-maker.

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