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Future passive participle (gerundive) of dīcō.


dīcendus m (feminine dīcenda, neuter dīcendum); first/second declension

  1. which is to be said, uttered; mentioned, spoken
  2. which is to be declared, stated
    1. which is to be affirmed, asserted (positively)
  3. which is to be told
  4. which is to be called, named
  5. which is to be referred to


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative dīcendus dīcenda dīcendum dīcendī dīcendae dīcenda
genitive dīcendī dīcendae dīcendī dīcendōrum dīcendārum dīcendōrum
dative dīcendō dīcendō dīcendīs
accusative dīcendum dīcendam dīcendum dīcendōs dīcendās dīcenda
ablative dīcendō dīcendā dīcendō dīcendīs
vocative dīcende dīcenda dīcendum dīcendī dīcendae dīcenda


  • dicendus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the art of speaking; oratory: ars dicendi
    • to devote oneself to oratory: ad dicendum se conferre
    • to teach rhetoric: dicendi praecepta tradere
    • a teacher of rhetoric: rhetor, dicendi magister
    • oratorical talent: facultas dicendi
    • to be a born orator: natum, factum esse ad dicendum
    • to be a ready, fluent speaker: facilem et expeditum esse ad dicendum (Brut. 48. 180)
    • to be an inexperienced speaker: rudem, tironem ac rudem (opp. exercitatum) esse in dicendo
    • to be very eloquent: dicendi arte florere
    • oratorical power: vis dicendi
    • to have great weight as a speaker: multum dicendo valere, posse
    • to come forward to make a speech; to address the house: aggredi ad dicendum
    • to begin to speak: initium dicendi facere
    • to cease speaking: finem dicendi facere
    • to be never at a loss for something to say: solutum et expeditum esse ad dicendum
    • style: genus dicendi (scribendi); oratio
    • elevated, moderate, plain style: genus dicendi grave or grande, medium, tenue (cf. Or. 5. 20; 6. 21)
    • a rough, unpolished style: inconditum dicendi genus (Brut. 69. 242)
    • flowers of rhetoric; embellishments of style: lumina, flores dicendi (De Or. 3. 25. 96)
    • to embellish a narrative: dicendo ornare aliquid
    • to lend lustre to a subject by one's description: dicendo augere, amplificare aliquid (opp. dicendo extenuare aliquid)
    • the rules of speech, grammar: leges dicendi
    • the construction: constructio, structura verborum, forma dicendi
    • to pass the whole day in discussion: dicendi mora diem extrahere, eximere, tollere
    • to gain a weak case by clever pleading: causam inferiorem dicendo reddere superiorem (λόγον κρείττω ποιειν) (Brut. 8. 30)
    • I have a few words to say on this: mihi quaedam dicenda sunt de hac re