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Entry for Strong's #3689 - ὄντως

Word Origin
from the oblique cases of (5607)
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. truly, in reality, in point of fact, as opp. to what is pretended, fictitious, false, conjectural
  2. that which is truly etc., that which is indeed
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 389 ‑ אַךְ (ak);  403 ‑ אָכֵן (aw‑kane');  551 ‑ אָמְנָם (om‑nawm');  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (10) NAS (10) HCS (10)
Mark 1
Luke 2
John 1
1 Corinthians 1
Galatians 1
1 Timothy 3
2 Peter 1
Mark 1
Luke 2
John 1
1 Corinthians 1
Galatians 1
1 Timothy 4
Mark 1
Luke 2
John 1
1 Corinthians 1
Galatians 1
1 Timothy 4
ADV 10
ADV 10
ADV 10
ADV 11

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


Adv. part. of εἰμί (sum),

really, actually, verily, with Verbs, E. HF 610, Ion 223 (lyr.), IA [1622], Ar. Nu. 86, Pl. 286, 289, Herod. 4.65, etc.; ὄντως τε καὶ ἀληθῶς really and truly, Pl. Sph. 263d; ὄ. φιλοσοφεῖν Epicur. Fr. 220; opp. to ὡς ἔπος εἰπεῖν, Pl. Lg. 656e; to εἰκότως, Antipho 2.2.10 and 4.10: in Pl. with the part. ὤν, οὖσα, ὄν, to imply real existence, Phdr. 247c, 247e, R. 597d: also with Nouns, τὰ ὄντως ἀγαθά Id. Phdr. 260a; ὅ γε ὄντως φιλομαθής Id. R. 490a; ὄντως ἑταίρας Antiph. 212.6, cf. Men. 367, etc.: not used by Th. or Arist., nor in Ion. (ἐόντως is not found); more freq in the later dialogues of Pl. than in the earlier.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

ὄντως (from ὄν; on adverbs formed from participles cf. Alexander Buttmann (1873) Ausf. Spr. § 115 a. Anm. 3; Kühner, § 335 Anm. 2), adverb, truly, in reality, in point of fact, as opposed to what is pretended, fictitious, false, conjectural: Mark 11:32 (see ἔχω, I. 1 f.); Luke 23:47; Luke 24:34; John 8:36; 1 Corinthians 14:25; Galatians 3:21 and Rec. in 2 Peter 2:18; , , τό ὄντως followed by a noun, that which is truly etc., that which is indeed (τά ὄντως ἀγατα καλά, P'lat. Phaedr., p. 260 a.; τήν ὄντως καί ἀληθῶς φιλίαν, Plato, Clit., p. 409 e.; οἱ ὄντως βασιλεῖς, Josephus, Antiquities 15, 3, 5): as ὄντως (Rec. αἰώνιος) ζωή, 1 Timothy 6:19; ὄντως χήρα, a widow that is a widow indeed, not improperly called a widow (as παρθένος λεγομένη χήρα, i. e., a virgin that has taken a vow of celibacy, in Ignatius ad Smyrn. 13 [ET] (cf. Lightfoot, in the place cited); cf. Baur, Die sogen. Pastoralbriefe, p. 46ff), 1 Timothy 5:3, 5, 16. (Euripides, Aristophanes, Xenophon, Plato, and following; the Sept. for אֻמְנָם, Numbers 22:37; for אָכֵן, Jeremiah 3:23; for אַך, Jeremiah 10:19.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ὄντως ,


(< ὤν , ptcp. of εἰμί , sum),

[in LXX: Numbers 22:37 (H551), Jeremiah 3:23 (H403), Jeremiah 10:19 (H389), 1 Kings 12:24, Wisdom of Solomon 17:14*;]

really, actually, truly: Mark 11:32, Luke 23:47; Luke 24:34, John 8:36, 1 Corinthians 14:25, Galatians 3:21; Galatians 4:1-31 ἡ ὄ . ζωή , 1 Timothy 6:19; ἡ ὄ . χήρα , 1 Timothy 5:3; 1 Timothy 5:5; 1 Timothy 5:16

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

In P Leid Wvi. 49 (ii/iii A.D.) (= II. p. 101) we have a spell—ὄφιν ἀποκτεῖναι, ";to kill a serpent."; In P Lond 122 (iv/A.D.) (= I. p. 116) Hermes is invoked under his various shapes and titles, e.g. .11ἐν τῷ βορεᾷ μορφὴν ἔχεις ὄφεως. For the name ascribed to Satan cf. a Christian amulet not later than Justinian, Kaibel 1140 b.2—

φεῦγ᾽ ἀπ᾽ ἐμῶν μελέων, ὄφ [ι ], πῦρ, Βελιὰρ κ [ακό ]μορ [φ ]ε.

The MGr φίδι has assumed the diminutive suffix and become neuter.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
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Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
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οντως όντως ὄντως όνυξι όνυχα όνυχας όνυχες όνυχι ονυχίζει ονυχίζον ονυχιζόντων ονύχιον ονυχιστήρας όνυχος ονύχων οξέως ontos ontōs óntos óntōs
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