Expression of Denial

In Latin speech, negō > nōn dīcō. That is, the phrase ‘I deny’ is everywhere preferable to the phrase ‘I do not say’ or ‘I say that…not.’

  • I say these things are untrue: dīcō haec nōn esse vēranegō haec esse vēra.
  • The Stoics claim that nothing is good but what is right: Stōcī dīcunt quidquam nōn esse bonum nisi honestum sit. Stōicī negant quidquam esse bonum nisi quod honestum sit.

The Essential  AG: 328, 580b

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  1. […] In Latin speech, negō > nōn dīcō. That is, the phrase 'I deny' is everywhere preferable to the phrase 'I do not say' or 'I say that…not.' I say these things are untrue: dīcō haec nōn esse vēra…  […]

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