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Alternative forms[edit]


From ob (in front of) + sedeō (sit)



obses c (genitive obsidis); third declension

  1. a hostage
  2. (figuratively) a security, pledge


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative obses obsidēs
genitive obsidis obsidum
dative obsidī obsidibus
accusative obsidem obsidēs
ablative obside obsidibus
vocative obses obsidēs

Related terms[edit]


  • obses in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • obses in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “obses”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • obses” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to give hostages: obsides dare
    • (ambiguous) to compel communities to provide hostages: obsides civitatibus imperare