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παραίτ-ησις, εως, ἡ, supplication, entreaty, π. παραιτεῖσθαι Pl.Criti.107a; μηδεμία τῆς μονῆς π. γιγνέσθω no application for leave to stay, Id.Lg.915c; πρόφασιν εἰσδέχεσθαι καὶ π. Plb.16.17.8; petition, POxy.899v21 (iii A. D.).

II. deprecating, Th.1.73; excuse, apology, Plb.39.1.5, Jul.Or.2.64a (pl.), Chor. in Rev.Phil.1.73, etc.; pardon, ἁμαρτημάτων Ph.2.296, cf. 223.

2. declining, Plu.2.124b; dismissal, D.C.78.22.

III. intercession, begging off, Gorg.Pal.33, D.9.37.