paenulam alicui scindo

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From paenulam, the accusative singular of paenula (cloak) + alicui, the dative singular of aliquis (someone) + scindō (I separate by force). Literally “I tear apart someone's cloak”.


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈpae̯.nu.lam ˈ ˈskin.doː/, [ˈpae̯.nʊ.ɫã ˈa.lɪ.kʊj ˈskɪn.doː]


paenulam alicui scindō (present infinitive paenulam alicui scindere, perfect active paenulam alicui scidī, supine paenulam alicui scissum); third conjugation

  1. (idiomatic) I press one strongly to stay
    • Letter 13, Cicero, Epistulae ad Atticum (Letters to Atticus), paragraph 33
      sed ego ita egi ut non scinderem paenulam.
      And indeed, I have gone so that the cloak is not ripped apart. (ie. so that I'm not forced to stay)