108. THE SYNONYMOUS WORDS
There are seven Greek words translated "child" in the N.T., which are
to be distinguished as follows :--
- teknon = that which is borne or born (from tikto,
to bring forth). Anglo-Saxon = bearn, from
beran, to bear.
Hence, Scottish bairn. Used of a child by natural descent,
whether boy or girl.
- teknion. Diminutive of teknon (No. i, above);
a term of endearment.
- hutos = a son, or male, having reference to origin
and nature, including that of relationship to the father.
- pais = a child, whether son or daughter (in relation
to law); a boy or girl (in relation to age); a servant, or maid (in relation
to condition), like the French garcon.
- paidion. Diminutive of pais (No. iv, above);
hence, a young or little child, an infant; also a term of endearment.
- paidarion. Another diminutive of pais (No.
iv, above), a lad; a little boy or girl.
- nepios. Not old enough to speak (from
negative, and epo, to speak).
- brephos. an embryo, or newly-born babe.
- korasion = a young girl, or maiden. Diminutive
of kore, a girl; like paidion, used as a term of endearment.
- neaniskos = a young man (always so translated), from
the age of twenty to forty.
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