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Strong's #3435 - μολύνω

probably from (G3189)
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  1. to pollute, stain, contaminate, defile
    1. used in NT of those who have not kept themselves pure from the defilements of sin, who have soiled themselves by fornication and adultery
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 947 ‑ בּוּס (boos);  1351 ‑ גָּאַל (gaw‑al');  1980 ‑ הָלַךְ (haw‑lak');  2610 ‑ חָנֵף (khaw‑nafe');  2881 ‑ טָבַל (taw‑bal');  2936 ‑ טָנַף (taw‑naf');  6292 ‑ פִּגֻּל (pig‑gool', pig‑gool');  7693 ‑ שָׁגַל (shaw‑gal');  7901 ‑ שָׁכַב (shaw‑kab');  
Frequency Lists
Verse Results
KJV (5)
1 Corinthians 1
Revelation 4
NAS (3)
1 Corinthians 1
Revelation 2
HCS (3)
1 Corinthians 1
Revelation 2
BSB (3)
1 Corinthians 1
Revelation 2
ESV (3)
1 Corinthians 1
Revelation 2
WEB (5)
1 Corinthians 1
Revelation 4
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


fut. - ῠνῶ LXX Ca. 5.3: aor. ἐμόλῡνα ib. Genesis 37:31 : pf. μεμόλυγκα Choerob. in Theod. 2.68: Pass., fut. μολυνθήσομαι LXX Zechariah 14:2 : aor. 1 ἐμολύνθην ib. Si. 22.13: pf. μεμόλυσμαι ib. 1 Esdras 8:83, Epict. Ench. 33, J. AJ 3.6.1, μεμόλυμμαι LXX Isaiah 65:4, Choerob. in Theod. 2.186:


1. stain, sully, defile, τὴν ὑπήνην Ar. Eq. 1286; ἑαυτοὺς τῷ πηλῷ Arist. HA 571b18, cf. Theoc. 20.10; simply, sprinkle, ἀλεύρῳ Sotad. Com. 1.24; make a beast of, τινας (of Circe) Ar. Pl. 310; defile, debauch, παῖδα Theoc. 5.87: metaph., χεῖρας ἁρπαγῇ J. Vit. 47: Pass., become vile, disgrace oneself, Isoc. 5.81; μετὰ γυναικῶν Revelation 14:4; ὥσπερ θηρίον ὕειον ἐν ἀμαθίᾳ μολύνεσθαι wallow in ignorance, Pl. R. 535e; ὁ μολυνόμενος ὑπὸ τοῦ ὄψου Muson. Fr. 18b p.101 H.; ἡ συνείδησις αὐτῶν μολύνεται 1 Corinthians 8:7.

2. stain, dye, χιτωνίσκον αἵματι J. AJ 2.3.4: Pass., ἔρια μεμολυσμένα ἄνθεσι ib. 3.6.1.

II v. cross μωλύω.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

μολύνω: 1 aorist active ἐμόλυνα; passive present μολύνομαι; 1 aorist ἐμολυνθην; from Aristophanes down; to pollute, stain, contaminate, defile; in the N. T. used only in symbolic and figurative discourse: οὐκ ἐμόλυναν τά ἱμάτια αὐτῶν, of those who have kept themselves pure from the defilement of sin, Revelation 3:4 (cf. Zechariah 3:3f); μετά γυναικῶν οὐκ ἐμολύνθησαν, who have not soiled themselves by fornication and adultery, Revelation 14:4; συνείδησις μολύνεται, of a conscience reproached (defiled) by sin, 1 Corinthians 8:7 (inexplebili quodam laedendi proposito conscientiam polluebat, Ammianus Marcellinus 15, 2; opposed to καθαρά συνείδησις, 1 Timothy 3:9; 2 Timothy 1:3; μολύνειν τήν ψυχήν, Sir. 21:28; but see μιαίνω, 2). (Synonym: see μιαίνω, at the end.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

μολύνω ,

[in LXX: Genesis 37:31 (H2881), Isaiah 59:3 (H1351 ni.), Zechariah 14:2 (H7901 ni.), Sirach 21:28, al.;]

to stain, soil, defile; in NT always symb. and fig.: 1 Corinthians 8:7, Revelation 3:4; Revelation 14:4.†

SYN.: μιαίνω G3392, q.v.

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
List of Word Forms
εμολυναν εμόλυναν ἐμόλυναν εμολύνατε εμολυνθησαν εμολύνθησαν ἐμολύνθησαν μεμολυμμένα μεμολυσμέναι μολυνεται μολύνεται μολυνθήσονται μολυνώ emolunan emolunthesan emolunthēsan emolynan emólynan emolynthesan emolynthēsan emolýnthesan emolýnthēsan molunetai molynetai molýnetai
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