What does arête mean?

Definitions for arêteˌɑr ɪˈteɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. arete(noun)

    a sharp narrow ridge found in rugged mountains


  1. Arete

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Arête

    ar-āt′, n. a sharp ridge: esp. in French Switzerland, a rocky edge on a mountain. [Fr.—L. arista, an ear of corn, fish-bone, spine.]


  1. Arete

    Zylie was created by Mary Beth Minton as a doll alternative for teddy bear and stuffed animal lovers. Together with her son Matt McCarty, the two have created an entire world of adventure revolving around Zylie, an adorable little bear from Manhattan who, together with her littler brother Theo, travels the globe meeting new friends along the way!

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  1. eater, teare


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arête in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arête in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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