Verba Sentiendi
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Verba sentiendi, verbs of perception, refer to physical and/or mental perception: ‘see’, ‘hear’, ‘taste’, ‘perceive’, ‘learn’, etc. Many derive from roots with a general meaning, ‘perceive by the senses’, later moving to a specific sense. Their plentiful occurrence and central position at all stages of Greek provide an avenue for tracking changes in lexicon, syntax and semantics.

Verba sentiendi, ‘verbs of perception’, are those which refer to physical and/or mental perception: blépō ‘see, have the power of sight’, horáō ‘…

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Sarah Rose, “Verba Sentiendi”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 15 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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