cauto

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cautus, derived from caveō (I beware, avoid).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkau̯.to/, [ˈkäu̯t̪o]
  • Stress: càuto
  • Hyphenation: cau‧to

Adjective[edit]

cauto (feminine singular cauta, masculine plural cauti, feminine plural caute)

  1. prudent, cautious, sly
    Synonyms: accorto, attento, circospetto, guardingo, prudente
    Antonyms: arrischiato, avventato, azzardato, imprudente, incauto, inconsulto, sconsiderato
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell] (paperback), 12th edition, Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto XVI, lines 118–120, page 245–246:
      Ahi quanto cauti li uomini esser dienno ¶ presso a color che non veggion pur l'ovra, ¶ ma per entro i pensier miran col senno!
      Ah me! how very cautious men should be with those who not alone behold the act, but with their wisdom look into the thoughts!
    • 1353, Giovanni Boccaccio, “Giornata quarta, Novella III [Day Fourth, Novel three]”, in Decamerone [Decameron]‎[1], Tommaso Hedlin, published 1527, page 115:
      La Maddalena [] per un cauto ambaſciadore gli ſignificò ſe eſſere ad ogni ſuo comandamento
      Maddalena signified to him by a prudent messenger that she was at his commandment in everything
    • 1825, Vincenzo Monti, transl., Iliade [Iliad], Milan: Giovanni Resnati e Gius. Bernardoni di Gio, translation of Ἰλιάς (Iliás) by Homer, published 1840, Libro, lines 50–53, page 496:
      [] infranto ¶ N'andrebbe il carro, offesi i corridori, ¶ E tu deriso e di disnor coperto. ¶ Sii dunque saggio e cauto.
      the chariot would be destroyed, the racers hurt, and you mocked and dishonoured. Be therefore wise and cautious.
    • 1835, Giacomo Leopardi, Canti[2], Bari: Einaudi, published 1917:
      [] pochi Soli ¶ forse fien vòlti, e le cittá latine ¶ abiterá la cauta volpe, e l’atro ¶ bosco mormorerá fra le alte mura
      perhaps only a few suns will turn, and the sly fox will inhabit Latin cities, and the dark woods’ murmuring surround the high walls

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

cautō

  1. dative singular of cautum
  2. ablative singular of cautum

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

cauto (feminine singular cauta, masculine plural cautos, feminine plural cautas)

  1. cautious

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