Origin of English word HEDONISM

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[GH- D-N → HDN]


A HEDONIST seeks hedoné, Greek for pleasure or delight.

עדנה [E]DNaH is "pleasure" - Genesis13:12; עדן  GHeyDeN is delight, enjoyment and the name of the paradisic garden (Eden) where Biblical Adam named the animals with his innate (Hebrew) vocabulary - Genesis2:8.  The   עד Ayin-Dalet subroot is detailed at “DECK.”


German delight, er gotzen, is from Eden.The G is from Ayin/GH, the TZ is from a dental shift of the Dalet/D, while the N is the usual Noon/N. ANODYNE is from Greek odyne (pain) - a sound-alike antonym. Greek hedos (pleasure),  the source of AEDES. AEDES and HEDONISM are cognates of ASSUAGE, DISSUADE, PERSUADE, SWEET and SUAVE at the Indo-European “root” swad (sweet, pleasant). Edes is sweet in Hungarian (not IE).  The name EDNA is from Ayin-Dalet-Noon, but not SWEET (see SWEET). Indo-European swad is merely D['V]aSH (date honey) backwards. The term is usually translated "honey", but at Leviticus2:11  Dalet-Bhet-Shin, an easy DVS, is rendered "sweet" in Aryeh Kaplan's translation. He cites classic Bible commentator Rashi, who sees the term including sweet things such as fruit extracts.

A missing link to "sweet" is Arabic atzb (sweet), which is only a ZB reverse away from TBZ or  D-BH-SH (honey, sweet) after the usual Edenic-to-Arabic letter shifts: Daled to T and Shin to Z. . Zoet ("sweet" in Dutch; similar on other Scandinavian tongues) may be reversing the TZ of the Arabic. HONEY and SEROW has more on Ayin (GH) becoming just H.

More Ayin/ GH to H shifting includes:  HYPOTHECATE is from Latin hypotheca (to pledge as security). To link this term with [A]hBHOAT or GHaBHOAT is more than HYPOTHETICALl since the Ayin to H change is documented in Genesis31:47  SHaHaDin Aramaic and Hebrew [A]iD or GHaiD both mean witness. Furthermore, hals (neck in Old Norse and in Dutch RINGHALS) is from [O]aL or GHoaL (collar – Genesis 27:13): and HEDONISM (Greek hedone means delight) is from [E]DNaH or GHeDNaH (delight – Genesis 18:12).       Ayin/ GH  to H shifts occur in languages as close as Anglo-Saxon, where hr?fen and [O]aRai[V] mean raven, and also occur in languages as exotic as Maidu (California Indians), where hin and [A]YiN mean eye.

MEAT, akin to Sanskrit madana (delightful), is from Indo-European “root” mad (moist – see MEAD).   Ma’[A]DaN means tidbit, "dainty" food (Genesis49:20).  In Proverbs 29:17 Ma’[A]DaN means delight. Oue featured  EDENIC etymon, [A]yDeN, means delight, and so the M or Mem prefix is an extension of our Edenic Ayin-Dalet-Noon. The Dalet may have shifted dentals, D to T, and the final N of the Sanskrit may have dropped before the word “meat” got to Germanic.  Even today, delicatessens mean special meats.   OoMT(SaH) means meat, beefsteak.

The delightful madanah of Sanskrit also named the MYNA bird, according to the AHD.

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