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From mot with a fanciful Latinisation in -us


  • IPA(key): /mɔ.tys/, /mo.tys/


  1. (colloquial) interjection to request silence; Hush!, Quiet!



Perfect passive participle of moveō (I move).



mōtus m (feminine mōta, neuter mōtum); first/second declension

  1. moved, stirred, disturbed, having been moved
  2. aroused, excited, begun, inspired, having been aroused
  3. troubled, concerned, tormented, having been troubled


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative mōtus mōta mōtum mōtī mōtae mōta
genitive mōtī mōtae mōtī mōtōrum mōtārum mōtōrum
dative mōtō mōtō mōtīs
accusative mōtum mōtam mōtum mōtōs mōtās mōta
ablative mōtō mōtā mōtō mōtīs
vocative mōte mōta mōtum mōtī mōtae mōta


mōtus m (genitive mōtūs); fourth declension

  1. A movement, motion.
  2. (by extension) An advance, progress.
  3. (figuratively) A movement, operation, impulse, passion; disturbance; sensation.
  4. (figuratively) A political movement, tumult, commotion, revolt, rebellion.


Fourth declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative mōtus mōtūs
genitive mōtūs mōtuum
dative mōtuī mōtibus
accusative mōtum mōtūs
ablative mōtū mōtibus
vocative mōtus mōtūs


  • motus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • motus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “motus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • motus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the regular courses of the stars: motus stellarum constantes et rati
    • the emotions, feelings: animi motus, commotio, permotio
    • to excite emotion: motus excitare in animo (opp. sedare, exstinguere)