318. anagké
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anagké: necessity
Original Word: ἀνάγκη, ης, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: anagké
Phonetic Spelling: (an-ang-kay')
Short Definition: necessity, constraint, compulsion
Definition: necessity, constraint, compulsion; there is need to; force, violence.

HELPS word-Studies

318 anágkē (perhaps cognate with 43 /agkálē, "arm," which is derived from angkos, "a bent/uplifted arm poised to meet a pressing need") – necessity; a compelling need requiring immediate action, i.e. in a pressing situation.

318 /anágkē ("a necessity") calls for timely help, i.e. strong force needed to accomplish something compulsory (absolutely required). This kind of situation is typically brought on by great pain or distress (so Diod., LXX, Abbott-Smith).

["In classical Greek many words take their stem from anank-. The verb anankazō denotes the outward influence or pressure exerted by someone upon another. . . . At times there is implied in anankazō the idea of 'force,' thus it can even mean 'to torture' someone" (Liddell-Scott).]

NAS Exhaustive Concordance
Word Origin
from ana and agchó (to compress, press tight)
NASB Translation
compulsion (3), constraint (1), distress (3), distresses (1), hardships (1), inevitable (1), necessary (2), necessity (3), need (2), obliged* (1).

STRONGS NT 318: ἀνάγκη

ἀνάγκη, (ης, ;

1. necessity, imposed either by the external condition of things, or by the law of duty, regard to one's advantage, custom, argument: κατ' ἀνάγκην perforce (opposed to κατά ἑκούσιον), Philemon 1:14; ἐξ ἀνάγκης of necessity, compelled, 2 Corinthians 9:7; Hebrews 7:12 (necessarily); ἔχω ἀνάγκην I have (am compelled by) necessity, (also in Greek writings): 1 Corinthians 7:37; Hebrews 7:27; followed by an infinitive, Luke 14:18; Luke 23:17 R L brackets; Jude 1:3; ἀν. μοι ἐπίκειται necessity is laid upon me, 1 Corinthians 9:16; ἀνάγκη (equivalent to ἀναγκαῖον ἐστι) followed by an infinitive: Matthew 18:7; Romans 13:5; Hebrews 9:16, 23 (also in Greek writings).

2. in a sense rare in the classics (Diodorus 4, 43), but very common in Hellenistic writings (also in Josephus, b. j. 5, 13, 7, etc.; see Winers Grammar, 30), calamity, distress, straits: Luke 21:23; 1 Corinthians 7:26; 1 Thessalonians 3:7; plural ἐν ἀνάγκαις, 2 Corinthians 6:4; 2 Corinthians 12:10.

distress, necessity.

From ana and the base of agkale; constraint (literally or figuratively); by implication, distress -- distress, must needs, (of) necessity(-sary), needeth, needful.

see GREEK ana

see GREEK agkale

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