senatne

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A 19th-century neologism, from sens (ancient) +‎ -atne (or perhaps from the adverb sen, q.v.), coined in 1869 by A. Kronvalds, following the pattern of jauns (new), jaunatne (youth) (originally “recent times”). Kronvalds also used the word senība in the same sense, which he had either heard from a dialect (it is attested as a dialectal term) or then created independently, following the example of Lithuanian senýbė. Only senatne remained in the stardard literary language.[1]

Noun[edit]

senatne f (5th declension)

  1. antiquity, ancient times, distant past
    tautas senatne — a people's distant past
    senatnes pieminekļiancient monuments (lit. monuments of antiquity)
    sirma senatne — high (lit. gray) antiquity
    tālā senatne — distant antiquity

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  1. ^ “sens” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7