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See also: Pello and pełło




  1. (dated) contraction of per lo




From Proto-Italic *pelnō or *pelnaō, a nasal-infix present derived from Proto-Indo-European *pelh₂- (to drive, strike, thrust). See Ancient Greek πάλλω (pállō), πελεμίζω (pelemízō, shake, cause to tremble), ψάλλω (psállō), Latin palpō, Proto-Germanic *felt (beaten).



pellō (present infinitive pellere, perfect active pepulī, supine pulsum); third conjugation

  1. I push, drive, hurl, impel, propel; expel, banish, eject, thrust out
    Synonyms: exigō, ablēgō, exsulō, expellō, exportō, eximō, ēiciō, ēmittō
  2. I strike, set in motion.
  3. (military) I rout, put to flight, discomfit.
  4. (music) I strike the chords, play.
  5. (figuratively) I touch, move, affect, impress
  6. I beat, strike
    Synonyms: percello, percutio, ferio, pulsō, discutio, accido, affligo, tango, impingo, ico, verbero
  7. (figuratively) I conquer, overcome, defeat.
    Synonyms: subigō, subiciō, dēvincō, vincō, conquestō, superō, ēvincō, expugnō, domō, prōflīgō, caedō, exsuperō, obruō, opprimō, premō, fundō


Note that pluperfect active indicative pepulerat has the alternative form pulserat and that the perfect active indicative pepulī has the alternative form polsī.

   Conjugation of pellō (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present pellō pellis pellit pellimus pellitis pellunt
imperfect pellēbam pellēbās pellēbat pellēbāmus pellēbātis pellēbant
future pellam pellēs pellet pellēmus pellētis pellent
perfect pepulī pepulistī pepulit pepulimus pepulistis pepulērunt,
pluperfect pepuleram pepulerās pepulerat pepulerāmus pepulerātis pepulerant
future perfect pepulerō pepuleris pepulerit pepulerimus pepuleritis pepulerint
passive present pellor pelleris,
pellitur pellimur pelliminī pelluntur
imperfect pellēbar pellēbāris,
pellēbātur pellēbāmur pellēbāminī pellēbantur
future pellar pellēris,
pellētur pellēmur pellēminī pellentur
perfect pulsus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect pulsus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect pulsus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present pellam pellās pellat pellāmus pellātis pellant
imperfect pellerem pellerēs pelleret pellerēmus pellerētis pellerent
perfect pepulerim pepulerīs pepulerit pepulerīmus pepulerītis pepulerint
pluperfect pepulissem pepulissēs pepulisset pepulissēmus pepulissētis pepulissent
passive present pellar pellāris,
pellātur pellāmur pellāminī pellantur
imperfect pellerer pellerēris,
pellerētur pellerēmur pellerēminī pellerentur
perfect pulsus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect pulsus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present pelle pellite
future pellitō pellitō pellitōte pelluntō
passive present pellere pelliminī
future pellitor pellitor pelluntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives pellere pepulisse pulsūrum esse pellī pulsum esse pulsum īrī
participles pellēns pulsūrus pulsus pellendus,
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
pellendī pellendō pellendum pellendō pulsum pulsū

Derived terms[edit]


  • pello”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pello”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pello in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to make an impression on the senses: sensus movere (more strongly pellere)
    • to strike the strings of the lyre: pellere nervos in fidibus
    • to make an impression on a person's mind: alicuius animum pellere
    • to turn a person out of his house, his property: expellere aliquem domo, possessionibus pellere
    • to banish a person, send him into exile: ex urbe (civitate) expellere, pellere aliquem
    • to repulse the enemy: pellere hostem