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Perfect passive participle of dīcō (say).



dictus (feminine dicta, neuter dictum); first/second-declension participle

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


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative dictus dicta dictum dictī dictae dicta
Genitive dictī dictae dictī dictōrum dictārum dictōrum
Dative dictō dictō dictīs
Accusative dictum dictam dictum dictōs dictās dicta
Ablative dictō dictā dictō dictīs
Vocative dicte dicta dictum dictī dictae dicta

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  • Asturian: dichu
  • Catalan: dit
  • French: dit
  • Galician: dito
  • Friulian: dit
  • Istriot: deîto
  • Italian: detto
  • Occitan: dich
  • Old French: dit
  • Old Spanish: decho
  • Piedmontese: dit
  • Portuguese: dito
  • Sicilian: dittu
  • Spanish: dicho
  • Venetian: dito


dictus m (genitive dictūs); fourth declension

  1. saying, epithet
  2. speech


Fourth-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative dictus dictūs
Genitive dictūs dictuum
Dative dictuī dictibus
Accusative dictum dictūs
Ablative dictū dictibus
Vocative dictus dictūs


  • dictus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • dictus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • dictus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • it sounds incredible: incredibile dictu est
    • (ambiguous) a short, pointed witticism: breviter et commode dictum
    • (ambiguous) a witticism, bon mot: facete dictum
    • (ambiguous) a far-fetched joke: arcessitum dictum (De Or. 2. 63. 256)
    • (ambiguous) to make jokes on a person: dicta dicere in aliquem
    • (ambiguous) to obey a person's orders: dicto audientem esse alicui
    • (ambiguous) as I said above: ut supra (opp. infra) diximus, dictum est
    • (ambiguous) so much for this subject...; enough has been said on..: ac (sed) de ... satis dixi, dictum est