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Strong's #2655 - καταναρκάω

from (G2596) and narkao (to be numb)
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  1. to cause to grow numb or torpid
  2. to be torpid, inactive, to be to the detriment of one
  3. to weigh heavily upon, be burdensome to
Frequency Lists
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KJV (5)
2 Corinthians 5
NAS (3)
2 Corinthians 3
HCS (3)
2 Corinthians 3
BSB (3)
2 Corinthians 3
ESV (3)
2 Corinthians 3
WEB (5)
2 Corinthians 5
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


From G2596 and ναρκαìω narkaō (to be numb); to grow utterly torpid, that is, (by implication) slothful (figuratively expensive)

ναρκ-άω, fut. - ήσω LXX Daniel 11:6 : grow stiff or numb, χεὶρ νάρκησε Il. 8.328; τὴν ψυχὴν καὶ τὸ στόμα ναρκῶ Pl. Men. 80b; ψυχῆς ναρκώσης Democr. 290; τὸ ἡσυχάζον ναρκᾷ Epicur. Sent.Vat. 11; τὸ νεῦρον ὃ ἐνάρκησεν LXX Genesis 32:32(33); χεὶρ νεναρκηκυῖα J. AJ 8.8.5; of the numbness caused by the fish νάρκη, Arist. HA 620b19, cf. Pl. Men. 84b; ναρκῶ, ναὶ τὸν Πᾶνα Theoc. 27.51.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

καταναρκάω, κατανάρκω: future καταναρκήσω; 1 aorist κατενάρκησα; (ναρκάω to become numb, torpid; in the Sept. translation to affect with numbness, make torpid, Genesis 32:25, 32; Job 33:19; from νάρκη torpor); properly, to cause to grow numb or torpid; intransitive, to be to torpid, inactive, to the detriment of one; to weigh heavily upon, be burdensome to: τίνος (the genitive of person), 2 Corinthians 11:9 (); f (Hesychius κατενάρκησα. κατεβάρησα (others, ἐβαρυνα)); Jerome, ad Algas. 10 ((iv. 204, Benedict. edition)), discovers a Cilicism in this use of the word (cf. Winers Grammar, 27). Among secular authors used by Hippocrates alone, and in a passive sense, to be quite numb or stiff.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

* κατα -ναρκάω , -

(< ναρκάω , to grow numb, in LXX, in causal sense, for H3363, Genesis 32:25 (26); without Heb. equiv., Genesis 32:32 (33) Job 33:19, Da LXX Daniel 11:6*);

1. to cause to grow numb.

2. Intrans., to grow numb; hence metaph., to be inactive, be burdensome to c. gen., 2 Corinthians 11:9; 2 Corinthians 12:13-14; pass., to be quite numb (Hippocr.).†

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

καταναρκάω, which in the NT is confined to 2 Corinthians 11:9; 2 Corinthians 12:13 f., is classed by Jerome (Ep. ad Algas. qu. 10) among Paul’s cilicisms. It may, however, have been a medical term in regular use, as it is found in Hippocrates (Art. 816 C) : cf. the simplex ναρκάω in Genesis 32:25; Genesis 32:32, Job 33:19, and ἀποναρκάω in Plut. De Liber. Educ. p. 8. The subst. νάρκα (Lob. Phryn. p, 331) = ";torpor"; is found in Menander Fragm, p. 143 : cf. M. Anton, x. 9 πτοία, νάρκα, δουλεία.


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
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List of Word Forms
καταναρκησω καταναρκήσω κατανάρκησω κατεναρκησα κατενάρκησα κατενεμήσατο katanarkeso katanarkēsō katanarkḗso katanarkḗsō katenarkesa katenarkēsa katenárkesa katenárkēsa
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