necessarium

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin necessarium (reredorter; outhouse),[1] from necesse (unavoidable or necessary [thing]) + -ārium (-arium, -ium: forming locations)

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necessarium (plural necessariums or necessaria)

  1. (architecture) Synonym of reredorter: a monastery's latrine, outhouse, or lavatory, typically located behind the dormitory.
    • 1848, The Archaeological Journal, Vol. V, page 101:
      The other outlet from the pisalis... leads to the necessarium, in the corner of which a light... is kept burning.
    • 1878, "Abbey" in Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th ed., Vol. I, p. 13:
      A passage at the other end [of the dormitory from the passage to the south transept of St Gall's church leads to the “necessarium” (I), a portion of the monastic buildings always planned with extreme care.
  2. (humorous, sometimes capitalized or with the definite article) A lavatory.
    • 1967 December 21, The Listener, page 802:
      Viewers... don't mind having a hundred variations, from ‘The Necessarium’ to ‘The Thunder-Box’ to choose from.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed. "necessarium, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2013.

Latin[edit]

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Noun[edit]

necessārium n (genitive necessāriī); second declension

  1. A reredorter: a monastery's latrine, outhouse, or lavatory.
  2. Any outhouse.

Declension[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative necessārium necessāria
genitive necessāriī necessāriōrum
dative necessāriō necessāriīs
accusative necessārium necessāria
ablative necessāriō necessāriīs
vocative necessārium necessāria

Adjective[edit]

necessārium

  1. nominative neuter singular of necessārius