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Syncopic form of olefaciō, from oleō (to smell of) +‎ faciō (to do, make). As known from Quintillian, the old form had been superseded in speech with the syncopated form by the 1st century CE.



olfaciō (present infinitive olfacere, perfect active olfēcī, supine olfactum); third conjugation iō-variant, irregular passive voice

  1. (literally, transitive) to smell, scent
    1. (figuratively, transitive) to smell, detect, surmise; to hear about
  2. (transitive) to cause to smell of anything
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   Conjugation of olfaciō (third conjugation -variant, irregular and partially suppletive in the passive)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present olfaciō olfacis olfacit olfacimus olfacitis olfaciunt
imperfect olfaciēbam olfaciēbās olfaciēbat olfaciēbāmus olfaciēbātis olfaciēbant
future olfaciam olfaciēs olfaciet olfaciēmus olfaciētis olfacient
perfect olfēcī olfēcistī olfēcit olfēcimus olfēcistis olfēcērunt,
pluperfect olfēceram olfēcerās olfēcerat olfēcerāmus olfēcerātis olfēcerant
future perfect olfēcerō olfēceris olfēcerit olfēcerimus olfēceritis olfēcerint
passive present olfīō olfīs olfit olfīmus olfītis olfīunt
imperfect olfīēbam olfīēbās olfīēbat olfīēbāmus olfīēbātis olfīēbant
future olfīam olfīēs olfīet olfīēmus olfīētis olfīent
perfect olfactus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect olfactus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect olfactus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present olfaciam olfaciās olfaciat olfaciāmus olfaciātis olfaciant
imperfect olfacerem olfacerēs olfaceret olfacerēmus olfacerētis olfacerent
perfect olfēcerim olfēcerīs olfēcerit olfēcerīmus olfēcerītis olfēcerint
pluperfect olfēcissem olfēcissēs olfēcisset olfēcissēmus olfēcissētis olfēcissent
passive present olfīam olfīās olfīat olfīāmus olfīātis olfīant
imperfect olfierem olfierēs olfieret olfierēmus olfierētis olfierent
perfect olfactus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect olfactus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present olface olfacite
future olfacitō olfacitō olfacitōte olfaciuntō
passive present olfī olfīte
future olfītō olfītō olfītōte olfīuntō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives olfacere olfēcisse olfactūrum esse olfierī olfactum esse olfactum īrī
participles olfaciēns olfactūrus olfactus olfaciendus,
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
olfaciendī olfaciendō olfaciendum olfaciendō olfactum olfactū

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  • olfacio”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • olfacio”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • olfacio in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette