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1. A form of a verb in some languages, such as Classical Greek, that expresses action without indicating its completion or continuation.
2. A form of a verb in some languages, such as Classical Greek or Sanskrit, that in the indicative mood expresses past action.
[From Greek aoristos, indefinite, aorist tense : a-, not; see a-1 + horistos, definable (from horizein, to define; see horizon).]
[C16: from Greek aoristos not limited, from a-1 + horistos restricted, from horizein to define]
a•o•rist(ˈeɪ ə rɪst)
1. a verb tense, as in Classical Greek, expressing action, esp. in the past, without further implication as to completion, duration, or repetition.adj.
2. of or in this tense.
[1575–85; < Greek aóristos unlimited]
A simple past tense, especially in ancient Greek, that does not imply continuance or momentariness.