tēvzeme

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Latvian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Coined in 1870 by A. Kronvalds, in parallel with its synonym tēvija, from tēvu (father[gen.]) +‎ zeme (land), as a calque of German Vaterland.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

tēvzeme f (5th declension)

  1. fatherland, homeland (country or land seen as the land of one's ancestors)
    tēvzemei un brīvībai — for fatherland and freedom
    cik latviešu atgriezīsies tēvzemē no ārzemēm? — how many Latvians will return to (their) fatherland from abroad?
    latviešu tautai Latvija ir tēvzeme, pasaulē vienīgā vieta, kur tā var īsti un pilnvērtīgi attīstīt savu valodu un kultūru — to the Latvian people, Latvia is the fatherland, the only place in the world, where they can really and fully develop their language and culture

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References[edit]

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