amanuensis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin āmanuēnsis (secretary), from ab- (from, off (of)) +‎ manus (hand) +‎ -ensis (of or from (a place)), early 17th c.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /əˌmænjuˈɛnsɪs/
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  • enPR: ə-măn'yo͞o-ĕnʹsĭs
  • Hyphenation: a‧man‧u‧en‧sis

Noun[edit]

amanuensis (plural amanuenses)

  1. One employed to take dictation, or copy manuscripts.
    • 1842, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Lady Anne Granard, volume 2, pages 296-297:
      As pay was Lady Anne's object, and poor Georgiana was intended to be the amanuensis, should she be found capable of forming sentences out of disjointed hints, and of wrapping foul facts in clean composition.
  2. A clerk, secretary or stenographer, or scribe.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 12:
      [] We are engaged in a great work, a treatise on our river fortifications, perhaps? But since when did army officers afford the luxury of amanuenses in this simple republic? []
    • 1974, John Gardner, “The Warden”, in The King's Indian:
      I, his mere amanuensis, am left to do what little I can to keep the institution functioning.

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Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  • Gamble, Harry Y. “Amanuensis.” Anchor Bible Dictionary. Vol. 1. Ed. David Noel Freedman. New York: Doubleday, 1992.
  • Longenecker, Richard N. “Ancient Amanuenses and the Pauline Epistles.” New Dimensions in New Testament Study. Eds. Richard N. Longenecker and Merrill C. Tenney. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1974. 281-97. idem, “On the Form, Function, and Authority of the New Testament Letters.” Scripture and Truth. Eds. D.A. Carson and John D. Woodbridge. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1983. 101-14.

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin āmanuēnsis (secretary), from ab- (from, off (of)) +‎ manus (hand) +‎ -ensis (of or from (a place)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

amanuensis c (singular definite amanuensen or amanuensissen, plural indefinite amanuenser)

  1. A teacher at an institute of higher education with a time-limited position (usually three years).
  2. An assistent with a scientific education, e.g. to a doctor in private practice.

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References[edit]


Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ab- +‎ manus (hand) +‎ -ēnsis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

āmanuēnsis m (genitive āmanuēnsis); third declension

  1. secretary, clerk

Usage notes[edit]

Originally used for a slave at his master's personal service 'within hand reach', performing any command. Later, it was specifically applied to intimately trusted servants (also many freedmen) acting as a personal secretary.

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative āmanuēnsis āmanuēnsēs
Genitive āmanuēnsis āmanuēnsium
Dative āmanuēnsī āmanuēnsibus
Accusative āmanuēnsem āmanuēnsēs
āmanuēnsīs
Ablative āmanuēnse āmanuēnsibus
Vocative āmanuēnsis āmanuēnsēs

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • amanuensis in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • amanuensis in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • amanuensis in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin