Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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Desideratives express desire. Such verbs end in -σειω, -ιαω, and rarely in -αω. Thus, πολεμησείω desire to wage war (πολεμέω), ἀπαλλαξείω wish to get rid of (ἀλλάττω exchange), γελασείω wish to laugh (γελάω); στρατηγιάω wish to be general (στρατηγός); φονάω wish to shed blood (φόνος murder).

a. Verbs in -ιαω and -αω are formed from substantives. Those in -σειω may come from the future stem.

b. -ιαω and -αω may denote a bodily affection: ὀφθαλμιάω suffer from ophthalmia (ὀφθαλμία_), βραγχάω am hoarse (βραγχός hoarse). Some verbs in -ωττω (-ωσσω) have a similar meaning: τυφλώττω am blind (τυφλός), and even λι_μώσσω am hungry (λι_μός hunger).

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Herbert Weir Smyth [n.d.], A Greek Grammar for Colleges; Machine readable text [info] [word count] [Smyth].
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