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Borrowed from Dutch magisch (magical).




  1. magical

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Etymology 1[edit]

Synchronically, comparative of magnopere (much, greatly), adverbial form of magnus (big, great), built from its root + Proto-Indo-European *-is, zero-grade of *-yōs. Full grade in maior/maius.

Diachronically from Proto-Italic *magis, from Proto-Indo-European m̥ǵh₂-is from Proto-Indo-European *méǵh₂yōs.

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magis (not comparable)

  1. more
    eo magisall the more
    magis magisque (or) et magismore and more
  2. more greatly
  3. better
  4. rather
    ac magisbut rather
    sed magisbut rather
Derived terms[edit]
  • Aromanian: ma
  • Asturian: más
  • Catalan: més (more), mai (never)
  • Dalmatian: mui
  • Franco-Provençal: més, mas
  • French: mais
  • Friulian: masse (too much), mai (never), ma
  • Galician: máis, mais
  • Istriot: mai
  • Italian: mai, ma
    • Greek: μα (ma)
    • Serbo-Croatian: ma
  • Neapolitan: ma, maje
  • Occitan: mai
  • Portuguese: mais, mas
  • Romanian: mai
  • Sardinian: mai, ma (but)
  • Sicilian: mai, ma
  • Spanish: más, mas

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.



magīs m

  1. dative/ablative plural of magus


  • magis”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • magis”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • magis in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • magis in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • immorality is daily gaining ground: mores in dies magis labuntur (also with ad, e.g. ad mollitiem)
  • magis in Ramminger, Johann (2016 July 16 (last accessed)) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • Dizionario Latino, Olivetti

Middle English[edit]


magis pl (plural only)

  1. Alternative form of mages