arcanus

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *h₂erk-. Cognates include Latin arca (chest, box), arceō (I defend), arx (fortress), arcera (kind of wagon), Old Armenian արգել (argel, obstacle) and Ancient Greek ἀρκέω (arkéō).

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Adjective[edit]

arcānus (feminine arcāna, neuter arcānum); first/second declension

  1. hidden, secret, private, mysterious
  2. intimate, personal, confidential
  3. trustworthy (to keep a secret)

Inflection[edit]

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative arcānus arcāna arcānum arcānī arcānae arcāna
genitive arcānī arcānae arcānī arcānōrum arcānārum arcānōrum
dative arcānō arcānō arcānīs
accusative arcānum arcānam arcānum arcānōs arcānās arcāna
ablative arcānō arcānā arcānō arcānīs
vocative arcāne arcāna arcānum arcānī arcānae arcāna

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References[edit]

  • arcanus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • arcanus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • arcanus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be present at secret consultations: consiliis arcanis interesse (Liv. 35. 18)