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Abarim Publications' Biblical Dictionary: The Greek word: δε

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δε

The particle δε (de) indicates a mild objection or simple transition and can sometimes be translated with "but" or "also". More often, however, it carries the mere force of a sentence's natural progression and as a result leaves little to be translated in English. Hebrew has a silent particle like that as well, albeit of slightly different function and origin: את ('et).

Our particle δε (de) frequently occurs with other particles in formulaic contexts: with μεν (men), which expresses affirmation, it forms a construct that means something like "indeed". With the copulative και (kai) it literally forms "and but" but takes on the meaning of "also".