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Etymology 1[edit]

intellegēns (understanding, discerning) +‎ -ia (abstract noun suffix).

Alternative forms[edit]


intellegentia f (genitive intellegentiae); first declension

  1. intelligence, the power of discernment
  2. understanding, knowledge
  3. taste, skill, the capacity to be a connoisseur

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative intellegentia intellegentiae
Genitive intellegentiae intellegentiārum
Dative intellegentiae intellegentiīs
Accusative intellegentiam intellegentiās
Ablative intellegentiā intellegentiīs
Vocative intellegentia intellegentiae
Related terms[edit]

From the alternative form intelligentia:

  • French: intelligence
  • Russian: интеллигенция (intelligencija)

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.



  1. nominative/accusative/vocative neuter plural of intellegēns


  • intellegentia”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • intellegentia”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • intellegentia in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to accommodate something to the standard of the popular intelligence: ad intellegentiam communem or popularem accommodare aliquid
    • vague, undeveloped ideas: intellegentiae adumbratae or incohatae (De Leg. 1. 22. 59)
    • (ambiguous) to possess great ability: intellegentia or mente multum valere