autem

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

UK 16th century. Possible borrowing from Yiddish אַ (a, indefinite article) + טומאה (tume, church (derogatory); forbidden; impure).

Noun[edit]

autem (plural autems)

  1. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) A church. [16th-18th c.]

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Adjective[edit]

autem (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) Married.

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References[edit]

  • Grose, Francis (1788) A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue[1], 2nd edition, London: S. Hooper
  • “autem” in Albert Barrère and Charles G[odfrey] Leland, compilers and editors, A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant, volume I (A–K), Edinburgh: The Ballantyne Press, 1889–1890, pages 53–54.
  • Farmer, John Stephen (1890) Slang and Its Analogues[2], volume 1, pages 79–80
  • Eric Partridge, The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang. Routledge, 1973. ISBN 9780710077615.

Czech[edit]

Noun[edit]

autem

  1. instrumental singular of auto

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Confer aut, which may be a modification.

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Conjunction[edit]

autem

  1. but
  2. while, however
  3. moreover, also
    • 405 CE, Jerome, Vulgate Genesis.1.2
      terra autem erat inanis et vacua et tenebrae super faciem abyssi et spiritus Dei ferebatur super aquas
      And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved over the waters.
  4. on the other hand, on the contrary, whereas
    • c. 254 BCE – 184 BCE, Plautus, Captivi
      Aristophontes: Quid tu autem? Etiam huic credis?
      Hegio: Quid ego credam huic?
      Aristophontes: Insanum esse me?
      Aristophontes: How’s this? You, too? Do you actually believe him?
      Hegio: Believe him in what?
      Aristophontes: That I’m insane?

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Polish[edit]

Noun[edit]

autem

  1. instrumental singular of auto