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The Latin language is one of the mothers of modern languages. Romance languages (French, Spanish, Romanian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanish) were born from its vocabulary and structure and even English is full of latin words. Unfortunately, a lot of people do not bother to learn this charming language, underestimate its importance. Latin literature is wide. Our Western emotional and intellectual system is shaped through Latin. Compared to the U.S., Europe is, thanks to Latin and Ancient Greek, a pedagogical avant-garde. Studying Cicero, Virgil, Seneca may help to understand how our languages work and facilitate learning a foreign language.

As many of us might think, the language of Julius Caesar is not out of fashion. For example, in one of the best university of the world, Oxford, more and more students study it and follow a professional career as lawyers and politicians afterwards.

Let’ s see some latin words used in English to build up your fancy vocabulary.

  • acumen = ability to make good judgments
  • agenda = list of things to be done
  • altruism = selfless concern for others
  • ambiguous = having a double meaning
  • aplomb (from French) = self-confidence
  • atrocity = cruel act
  • avarice = greed
  • bibulous = excessively fond of drinking alcohol
  • celibate = abstaining from sex or marriage
  • chivalrous (from French) = gallant
  • condign = worthy, appropriate
  • conglomerate = parts put together to form a unit while remaining separate identities
  • crepuscular =pertaining to twilight
  • cull = select from a variety of sources
  • debilitate = weaken
  • dirigible =capable of being guided
  • facsimile = exact copy
  • ferrous = made of iron
  • flux = in the process of flowing
  • futile = in vain
  • garrulity = loquaciousness
  • impecunious = poor
  • incalculable = too great to be counted
  • incommunicado (from Spanish) = not in communication with others
  • indefatigability = tireless
  • insipid = lacking flavor
  • introspection = looking within at one’s mental or emotional state
  • languid = slow, relaxed
  • malfeasance (from French) = wrongdoing
  • modicum = small amount
  • moribund = near death
  • mundane = worldly as opposed to spiritual
  • naive = exhibiting lack of experience
  • obeisance = respect
  • obvious = clear (from the Latin for “in the way”)
  • parvenu = celebrity from obscure origins
  • perpetuate = preserve
  • perturb = make anxious
  • plausible = probable
  • precarious = uncertain
  • puerile = childishly silly
  • pulchritude = beauty
  • pusillanimity = showing a lack of courage
  • rapport = close relationship
  • rapprochement (from French) = establishment of a harmonious relationship
  • recalcitrant = obstinate
  • renegade = a rebellious person
  • reprisal = retaliation
  • sacrosanct = very important or holy and not to be messed with
  • simulacrum = image
  • stipend = fixed allowance
  • stultify = make appear foolish, cause to loose enthusiasm
  • succumb = fail to resist
  • taunt (from French) = provoke
  • tentative = provisional
  • turpitude = depravity
  • ubiquity = found everywhere

…and remember Caesar Non Supra Grammaticos!

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