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See also: Fames and famés




  1. plural of fame



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



From Proto-Indo-European *dʰH- (to disappear). Connected with affatim, fatīscō, fatīgō, fessus. However, De Vaan rejects this etymology, assigning none himself.[1]



famēs f (genitive famis); third declension

  1. hunger


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative famēs famēs
Genitive famis famum
Dative famī famibus
Accusative famem famēs
Ablative fame famibus
Vocative famēs famēs

However, the ablative singular always has the ē of the fifth declension: famē.[2]

Derived terms[edit]



  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill
  2. ^ Frederick M. Wheelock, Latin: An Introductory Course Based on Ancient Authors, 3rd ed. (Barnes & Noble, 1963), p. 267; cf. Phaedrus, Fābulae, 4.3.
  • fames in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • fames in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • fames in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be tormented by hunger, to be starving: fame laborare, premi
    • to endure the pangs of hunger: famem tolerare, sustentare
    • to die of starvation: fame confici, perire, interire
    • to be starved to death (as punishment): fame necari
    • to allay one's hunger, thirst: famem, sitim explere
    • to allay one's hunger, thirst: famem sitimque depellere cibo et potione
    • to starve a town into surrender: oppidum fame domare
  • Pokorny, Julius (1959) Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume I, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, page 239

Old French[edit]


fames f pl

  1. inflection of fame:
    1. oblique plural
    2. nominative plural