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ἄτοπ-ος, ον, out of place, out of the way: hence,

1. unwonted, extraordinary, of symptoms, Hp.Aph.4.52: Comp., ibid.; ἄ. ἁδονά E.IT842 (lyr.), cf. Arist.EN1149a15; ὄρνις Ar.Av.276; πόθος Id.Ec.956.

2. strange, paradoxical, δοῦλοι τῶν αἰεὶ ἀτόπων slaves to every new paradox, Th.3.38; ἄτοπόν τι πάσχειν And.4.34; τῶν -ωτάτων μέντἂν εἴη D.1.26; ἄτοπα τῆς σμικρολογίας absurd pettinesses, Pl.Tht.175a; ἄ. ἡδονῆς καὶ λύπης μεῖξις Id.Phlb.49a; ἄτοπόν ἐστι, c. inf., Pherecr.91, Eub.125; οὐδὲν ἄ. εἰ ἀποθάνοιμι Pl.Grg.521d, cf. Arist.Cat.11a37, al., etc.

b. of persons, Isoc.12.149; ἄ. παιδευτής Pl.R.493c; ἄ. καὶ δυσχερεῖς D. 19.308; τὸν ἄτοπον φεύγειν ἀεί Men.203c; ἄ. φαγεῖν given to strange food, Philostr.VA3.55.

3. unnatural, disgusting, foul, πνεῦμα Th. 2.49; monstrous, ἀτοπώτατον πρᾶγμα ἐξευρών Lys.3.7; later, wicked, wrong, LXX Jb.27.6, Ev.Luc.23.41; of persons, opp. χρηστός, Phld. Sign.1; of things, bad, harmful, Act.Ap.28.6. Adv. -πως in an unfavourable position, κεῖσθαι, of planets, Vett. Val.63.12.

4. Adv. -πως marvellously or absurdly, Th.7.30, Pl.Phd.95b, al., Arist.EN 1136a12, etc.; ἀ. καθίζων, = ἀνυπόπτως, Eup.180.

II. non-spatial, τῆς ἰδέας μενούσης ἐν ἀτόπψ αὐτὸ τόπους γεννῆσαν Plot.6.5.8. Adv. -πως non-spatially, opp. τοπικῶς, Porph.Sent.33.