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The Homeric hapax αἰνοπαθής 'terribly suffering' has been adduced as evidence for ancient processes of Indo-European word-formation. In particular, the vocalism of the root, α of -παθ-, would derive from *n̥, an ablaut grade conditioned by the accent on the ending -ής (a "hysterokinetic" s-stem adjective). I reexamine the passage where the word is found and argue the vocalism of -παθής reflects not an archaism but an innovation in Homeric Greek. Using this reanalysis as a point of departure, Idoi:10.1163/15699846-02102001 fatcat:ztdo6ez6wrd6rh7ubrd7p53mae