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From in + ops (power, ability, wealth)



inops (genitive inopis); third declension

  1. helpless, destitute, indigent, poor
  2. (of inanimate things) mean, wretched, contemptible


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative inops inopēs inopia
genitive inopis inopium
dative inopī inopibus
accusative inopem inops inopēs inopia
ablative inopī inopibus
vocative inops inopēs inopia


  • inops in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • inops in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • inops” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • ill-watered: aquae, aquarum inops
    • to earn a precarious livelihood: vitam inopem sustentare, tolerare
    • to be perplexed: consilii inopem esse
    • to endure a life of privation: vitam (inopem) tolerare (B. G. 7. 77)
    • (ambiguous) to suffer from want of a thing: inopia alicuius rei laborare, premi
    • (ambiguous) richness of ideas: crebritas or copia (opp. inopia) sententiarum or simply copia
    • (ambiguous) poverty of expression: inopia verborum
    • (ambiguous) want of corn; scarcity in the corn-market: inopia (opp. copia) rei frumentariae