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Aristotle, Rhetoric 1378b 23-25

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A definition of hybris, that hard-to-translate word that indicates getting too full of yourself and assaulting or abusing someone else as a result.

ἔστι γὰρ ὕβρις τὸ πράττειν καὶ λέγειν ἐφ’ οἷς αἰσχύνη ἔστι τῷ πάσχοντι, μὴ ἵνα τι γίγνηται αὑτῷ ἄλλο ἢ ὅ τι ἐγένετο, ἀλλ’ ὅπως ἡσθῇ.

Hybris is doing and saying things by which disgrace results for the person who is the butt of them – not with the aim of getting for oneself anything other than the thing which happened, but to give oneself pleasure.

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August 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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