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ALTER

Posted by Johannes on 5 August 2008

Etymology of alter

Alter derives from allotterοs (αλλότερρος), which is the Aeolic form of allotrios (αλλότριος) [foreign, different, one as different from another]

From the same root: alternative, alternate, altruism, alteration, alternately, alternation, alter ego, alterable.

In modern Greek
a) Allos: other, different [άλλος]
b) Allotriono: alienate, estrange [αλλωτριώνω]

Το alter προέρχεται από το αλλότερος, που είναι η Αιολική μορφή του αλλότριος.

alloteros –> alter

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