authenteo (greek) – Strong’s 831

authenteo (verb) – usurp authority over

From Strong’s Lexicon

  1. one who with his own hand kills another or himself
  2. one who acts on his own authority, autocratic
  3. an absolute master
  4. to govern, exercise dominion over one

From Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary

from autos, “self,” and a lost noun hentes, probably signifying working (Eng., “authentic”), “to exercise authority on one’s own account, to domineer over,” is used in 1 Tim. 2:12, KJV, “to usurp authority,” RV, “to have dominion.” In the earlier usage of the word it signified one who with his own hand killed either others or himself. Later it came to denote one who acts on his own “authority”; hence, “to exercise authority, dominion.”

Vine, W. E., Unger, M. F., & White, W., Jr. (1996). Vol. 2: Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (46). Nashville, TN: T. Nelson.

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