melior

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Adjective[edit]

melior

  1. (comparative degree of bon) better

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *mélyōs, from *mel- ‎(strong, big). Cognate with multus, Ancient Greek μάλα ‎(mála), Latvian milns ‎(very much, a lot of).

Adjective[edit]

melior ‎(comparative of bonus)

  1. better; irregular comparative degree of bonus, good

Inflection[edit]

Third declension, comparative variant

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative melior melius meliōrēs meliōra
genitive meliōris meliōrum
dative meliōrī meliōribus
accusative meliōrem melius meliōrēs meliōra
ablative meliōre meliōribus
vocative melior melius meliōrēs meliōra

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References[edit]

  • melior in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • melior in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • melior” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to find one's circumstances altered for the better (the worse): meliore (deteriore) condicione esse, uti
    • my position is considerably improved; my prospects are brighter: res meae meliore loco, in meliore causa sunt
    • my position is considerably improved; my prospects are brighter: meliorem in statum redigor
    • to hope well of a person: bene, optime (meliora) sperare de aliquo (Nep. Milt. 1. 1)
    • to induce some one to take a brighter view of things: in meliorem spem, cogitationem aliquem inducere (Off. 2. 15. 53)
    • heaven forfend: di prohibeant, di meliora!
    • (ambiguous) he feels better: melius ei factum est
    • (ambiguous) to deserve well at some one's hands; to do a service to..: bene, praeclare (melius, optime) mereri de aliquo