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Borrowing from Ancient Greek λήθη (lḗthē)[1]

Proposed derivations include:

Compare also Latin dēleō and linō.



lētum n (genitive lētī); second declension

  1. violent death, annihilation, killing
  2. ruin


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative lētum lēta
genitive lētī lētōrum
dative lētō lētīs
accusative lētum lēta
ablative lētō lētīs
vocative lētum lēta

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  1. ^ Francis Edward Jackson Valpy (1828) An Etymological Dictionary of the Latin Language[1], Baldwin and Company, page 226
  • letum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • letum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “letum”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • letum” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)