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ἀχρεῖος (Att. ἄχρειος acc. to Hdn.Gr.1.136), ον, also α, ον IG7.303.10 (Oropus), Dsc.4.5, Polem.Phgn.69: Ion. ἀχρήϊος:—
useless, unprofitable, ἀχρήϊος ἀνήρ Hes.Op.297; ἐπέων νομός ib.403; δέμας A.Pr. 365, cf. Hp.Int.39; οἰκητήρ S.OC627; opp. εὐγενής, Id.Fr.667; ἐρινὸς ἀ. ὢν ἐς βρῶσιν ib.181; ἀ. κοὐ σοφός E.Med.299; δοῦλος Ev.Matt.25.30; οὐκ ἀπράγμονα ἀλλ' ἀχρεῖον νομίζομεν Th.2.40; λόγον ἀχρεῖον ἀπέρριψαν Ant.Lib.11.3: Comp. -ότερος, ὄρνιθες Chrysipp.Stoic.3.195: c. inf., unfit to do, ἀ. πράττειν τι Pl.R.371c: c. dat., ἀ. τοῖς σώμασι Agatharch.Fr.Hist.3, cf. Them.Or.26.326a.

2. esp. unfit for war, ἀ. ὅμιλος Hdt.3.81; τὸ ἀ. τοῦ στρατοῦ the unserviceable part of an army, Id.1.191; οἱ ἀχρειότατοι Th.1.93, 2.6, cf. X.HG7.2.18; τὸ ἀ. τῆς ἡλικίας Th.2.44. Adv. -είως, ἔχειν πρὸς ναυμαχίαν App.BC5.84.

II. neut. ἀχρεῖον, as Adv., twice in Hom., ἀχρεῖον ἰδών giving a helpless look, looking foolish, of Thersites after being beaten, Il.2.269; ἀχρεῖον δ' ἐγέλασσε laughed without cause, made a forced laugh, of Penelope trying to disguise her feelings, Od.18.163; ἀχρεῖον κλάζειν bark without need or cause, Theoc.25.72.

III. Adv. ἀχρείως γέλασόν με (cf. ἀχρειόγελως) APl.4.86, cf. Them.Or.33.367b: neut. pl. as Adv. ἀχρεῖ' ἀσπαίροντος helplessly, Euph.44.