Definitions for arêteˌɑr ɪˈteɪ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the aggregate of qualities making up good character.
Origin of arete:
1930–35; < Gk aretḗ
a sharp rugged mountain ridge produced by glaciation.
Category: Geology, Geography (terms)
Origin of arête:
1860–65; < F; OF areste sharp ridge < L arista awn, ear of wheat
a sharp narrow ridge found in rugged mountains
Arete, in its basic sense, means excellence of any kind. In its earliest appearance in Greek, this notion of excellence was ultimately bound up with the notion of the fulfillment of purpose or function: the act of living up to one's full potential. Sometimes translated as "virtue", the word actually means something closer to "being the best you can be", or "reaching your highest human potential". The term from Homeric times onwards is not gender specific. Homer applies the term of both the Greek and Trojan heroes as well as major female figures, such as Penelope, the wife of the Greek hero, Odysseus. In the Homeric poems, Areté is frequently associated with bravery, but more often, with effectiveness. The man or woman of Areté is a person of the highest effectiveness; they use all their faculties: strength, bravery, wit, and deceptiveness, to achieve real results. In the Homeric world, then, Areté involves all of the abilities and potentialities available to humans. The concept implies a human-centered universe in which human actions are of paramount importance; the world is a place of conflict and difficulty, and human value and meaning is measured against individual effectiveness in the world.
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Translations for arête
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the bony part (of the nose).
- قَصَبَةُ / عَظْمَةُ الأنْفArabic
- горната костна част на носаBulgarian
- pontePortuguese (BR)
- der NasenrückenGerman
- ράχη της μύτηςGreek
- بخش فوقانی استخوان دماغFarsi
- גֶשֶר הָאַףHebrew
- नाक का बांसा, हड्डी वाला हिस्साHindi
- hrbat nosaCroatian
- tulang hidungIndonesian
- dorso, ponteItalian
- batang hidungMalay
- بخش فوقانی استخوان دماغPersian
- د دماغ د هډوکی پورتنی برخهPashto
- baza nasuluiRomanian
- nosni korenSlovenian
- burun kemiğiTurkish
- 鼻樑Chinese (Trad.)
- ناک کا بانسہUrdu
- sống mũiVietnamese
- 鼻梁Chinese (Simp.)
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