From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Wed Mar 22 2000 - 06:14:53 EST

I think the most basic sense for KATABALLW is "put down"; the first time I
remember ever seeing it (and KATABOLH) was in Plato's Apology, where both
the noun and verb mean "slander"--but of course "put down" is a verbal
phrase that can ramify in numerous ways, including "put down roots", "put
down a foundation, etc., etc.

At 8:34 PM -0500 3/21/00, l. j. swain wrote:
>Interestingly enough the entry for the verb KATABALLW in the LSJ lists
>this meaning as primary for the verb, but the noun KATABOLH lists the
>meanings as foundation, base, and by extension, somehow, an illness.
>That's a quick and dirty check, I'm sure someone else has more to come.
>Larry Swain
>> Eugene Baker wrote:
>> I have recently read that KATABOLH actually can mean destruction
>> or overthrow. I cannot find this sense in BAG, Kittel, or MM. Does
>> anyone have knowledge of the word being used in that sense?


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