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  1. plural of dive



  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of dive



Alternative forms[edit]


From Proto-Indo-European *deywós, the same source as deus (god) and dīvus (divine). Originally meaning "favored by the gods, blessed, divine".



dīves (genitive dīvitis, comparative dīvitior, superlative dīvitissimus); third-declension one-termination adjective (non-i-stem)

  1. rich, wealthy
  2. (of land) productive, fertile
  3. talented

Usage notes[edit]

  • In Plinius' Naturalis Historia the ablative singular dīvitī occurs:
    Plinius, Naturalis Historia, liber VII. In: Pliny Natural History with an English translation in ten volumes Volume II Libri III–VII By H. Rackham, 1961, page 576f.:
    itaque Alexander Magnus—etenim insignibus iudiciis optume citraque invidiam tam superba censura peragetur—inter spolia Darii Persarum regis unguentorum scrinio capto quod erat de2 auro margaritis gemmisque pretiosum, varios eius usus amicis demonstrantibus, quando tacdebat unguenti bellatorem et militia sordidum, ' Immo Hercule,' inquit, ' librorum Homeri custodiae detur,' ut pretiosissimum humani animi opus quam maxime diviti opere servaretur.
    2 V.ll. erat, erato : erat elato ? Detlefsen.
    Consequently Alexander the Great—for so lordly an assessment will be effected best and least invidiously by the most supreme tribunals—when among the booty won from the Persian King Darius there was a case of unguents made of gold and enriched with pearls and precious stones, and when his friends pointed out the various uses to which it could be put, since a warrior soiled with warfare had no use for perfume, said, "No, by Hercules, rather let it be assigned to keeping the works of Homer"—so that the most precious achievement of the mind of man might be preserved in the richest possible product of the craftsman's art.


Third-declension one-termination adjective (non-i-stem).

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative dīves dīvitēs dīvita
Genitive dīvitis dīvitum
Dative dīvitī dīvitibus
Accusative dīvitem dīves dīvitēs dīvita
Ablative dīvite dīvitibus
Vocative dīves dīvitēs dīvita


dīves m (genitive dīvitis); third declension

  1. a rich man


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative dīves dīvitēs
Genitive dīvitis dīvitum
Dative dīvitī dīvitibus
Accusative dīvitem dīvitēs
Ablative dīvite dīvitibus
Vocative dīves dīvitēs


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