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From Latin āmentia (“madness; senselessness”), from āmēns (“mad, insane; foolish”), from ab (“from, away from”) + mēns (“mind”).
amentia (countable and uncountable, plural amentias)
- Mental impairment; state of being mentally handicapped.
- 1922, W. G. Aitchison Robertson, Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, ninth edition:
- Cretinism is a form of amentia, which is endemic in certain districts, especially in some of the valleys of Switzerland, Savoy, and France.
the state of being mentally handicapped
From amēns (“mad, insane; foolish”) + -ia, from ab- (“from, away from”) + mēns (“mind”).
- (Classical) IPA(key): /aːˈmen.ti.a/, [äːˈmɛn̪t̪iä]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /aˈmen.t͡si.a/, [äˈmɛnt̪͡s̪iä]
āmentia f (genitive āmentiae); first declension
- The state of being out of one's senses; madness, insanity.
- Folly, stupidity, senselessness.
- Malice, malignity.
- “amentia”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- “amentia”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- amentia 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)
- amentia in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
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