Latinity

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From Latin Latīnitās, from Latin Latīnus (Latin)

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Latinity (countable and uncountable, plural Latinities)

  1. (countable) The quality of a particular person's Latin speech or writing; the Latin language, as an area of study or interest.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped
      “Well, well,” said the lawyer, when I had quite done, “this is a great epic, a great Odyssey of yours. You must tell it, sir, in a sound Latinity when your scholarship is riper; or in English if you please, though for my part I prefer the stronger tongue. []
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      Indeed his rendering is so excellent an example of mediæval learning and latinity that, even at the risk of sating the learned reader with too many antiquities, I have made up my mind to give it in fac-simile, together with an expanded version for the benefit of those who find the contractions troublesome.
    • 2012, Barbara Newman, ‘Ailments of the Tongue’, London Review of Books, vol. 34 no. 6:
      Girls might infiltrate the clubhouse but men alone remain the teachers and theorists of Latinity.
  2. (uncountable) Latin character
  3. (uncountable) Latin literature considered as a whole
  4. (countable) A Latinism

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