slepkava

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An old compound, from the stem of slepens (secret) or slepus (secretly, stealthily), and the stem of kaut (to slaughter, to kill in battle), nominalized in the sense of 'slaughterer', 'killer'.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

slepkava m, f (4th declension)

  1. killer, murderer (a person who has committed murder, who has illegally killed someone)
    pēc nožņaugšanas slepkava atstājis līķi turpat ratos — after strangulation the murderer left a dead body right there, in the horse-drawn carriage
    redzot, ka esesietis nošauj cilvēku no koncentrācijas nometnes, kautrīgais, bērnišķīgais Vīze naidā metas uz slepkavu — seeing that the SS's shot people from the concentration camp, the shy, childish Vīze in hatred threw himself on the murderer

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Usage notes[edit]

The term slepkava is ambigenous. It is masculine when it refers to males and feminine when it refers to females. It is, however, always declined as a feminine noun, with the exception of its dative singular form, which is slepkavam when it refers to a male and slepkavai when it refers to a female.

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References[edit]

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