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From caedō (I cut down, hew) +‎ -ēs.



caedēs f (genitive caedis); third declension

  1. The act of cutting or lopping something off.
  2. The act of striking with the fist, a beating.
  3. (by extension) A murder, assassination, killing, slaughter, massacre, carnage.
  4. (metonymically) The corpses of the slain or murdered.
  5. (metonymically) The blood shed by murder, gore.


Third declension i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
nominative caedēs caedēs
genitive caedis caedium
dative caedī caedibus
accusative caedem caedēs
ablative caede caedibus
vocative caedēs caedēs


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  • caedes in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • caedes in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • caedes in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to threaten war, carnage: denuntiare bellum, caedem (Sest. 20. 46)
    • there was great slaughter of fugitives: magna caedes hostium fugientium facta est
    • to cause great slaughter, carnage: ingentem caedem edere (Liv. 5. 13)