actrix

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin āctrīx (female plaintiff). Doublet of actrice.

Noun[edit]

actrix (plural not attested) (rare, chiefly law)

  1. A female plaintiff.
    • 1918, Documents Relating to the Colonial, Revolutionary and Post-revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey, volume 30, page 469:
      Wife Elizabeth, whole estate, including gold, silver, jewels, etc., and to be executrix and “universal actrix,” to bring up the children until they will be fit for trades.
    • 1935, John Joseph Manning, Presumptions of Law in Marriage Cases, page 75:
      Thirdly, the actrix in her own testimony did not so much allege ignorance but rather showed that she abhorred the notion of sexual relations and had a positive will opposed to its fulfillment.
    • 2000, Frederik Pedersen, Marriage disputes in medieval England, →ISBN, page 22:
      Compare Marrays c. Rowcliff where the annotator has written the age of the actrix in the margin every time a witness answered the question about her age, []

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From āctus +‎ -trīx, from agō (do, act).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

āctrīx f (genitive āctrīcis, masculine āctor); third declension

  1. doer (female)
  2. actress, actor (female) (person who performs in a theatrical play or movie)
  3. plaintiff (female)
  4. stewardess, steward (female)

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative āctrīx āctrīcēs
Genitive āctrīcis āctrīcum
Dative āctrīcī āctrīcibus
Accusative āctrīcem āctrīcēs
Ablative āctrīce āctrīcibus
Vocative āctrīx āctrīcēs

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References[edit]

  • actrix”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • actrix in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • actrix in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette