auctor

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from auctus, from augeō (to increase, nourish). Surface analysis: auct(us) (enlarged, enriched) +‎ -or (abstract nominal derivational suffix)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

auctor m (genitive auctōris); third declension

  1. (Medieval Latin) one who gives increase (hence: an originator, causer, doer, founder)
    1. seller, vendor
    2. author
    3. (figuratively) authorship, agency, encouragement
    4. (poetic) the Creator, God

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative auctor auctōrēs
genitive auctōris auctōrum
dative auctōrī auctōribus
accusative auctōrem auctōrēs
ablative auctōre auctōribus
vocative auctor auctōrēs

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Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • auctor in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • auctor in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “auctor”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • auctor” 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 have as authority for a thing: auctore aliquo uti ad aliquid
    • an historian: rerum auctor (as authority)
    • the writer, author: scriptor (not auctor = guarantor)
    • (ambiguous) to give a person advice: auctorem esse alicui, ut
    • (ambiguous) to have as authority for a thing: auctorem aliquem habere alicuius rei
    • (ambiguous) the book is attributed to an unknown writer: liber refertur ad nescio quem auctorem
    • (ambiguous) statesmen: auctores consilii publici
  • auctor in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • auctor in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • auctor in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

auctor m (plural auctores, feminine auctora, feminine plural auctoras)

  1. Obsolete spelling of autor