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Latin peritus


peritus (plural periti)

  1. (Christianity) A Roman Catholic theologian attending an ecumenical council to give advice.



Perfect active participle of the unattested verb *perior, a root found in experior (try, test, experience). Cognate with Ancient Greek περᾰ́ω (peráō, to pass through).



perītus (feminine perīta, neuter perītum, comparative perītior, superlative perītissimus, adverb perītē); first/second-declension adjective

  1. skillful, skilled, expert, experienced, practised (+ genitive or in + ablative or ad + accusative)
    Synonyms: expertus, gnarus, doctus, callidus, instructus, cōnsultus, sollers
    Antonyms: imperītus, rudis, inexpertus, iners, ignārus, hospes
  2. clever, skilfully constructed


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative perītus perīta perītum perītī perītae perīta
Genitive perītī perītae perītī perītōrum perītārum perītōrum
Dative perītō perītō perītīs
Accusative perītum perītam perītum perītōs perītās perīta
Ablative perītō perītā perītō perītīs
Vocative perīte perīta perītum perītī perītae perīta

Derived terms[edit]


  • Catalan: perit, pèrit
  • English: perite
  • Spanish: perito
  • Galician: perito
  • Italian: perito
  • Piedmontese: perì
  • Portuguese: perito
  • Sicilian: piritu


  • peritus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • peritus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • peritus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • peritus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • an accomplished dialectician: disserendi peritus et artifex
    • a connoisseur; a specialist: (artis, artium) intellegens, peritus (opp. idiota, a layman)
    • statesmen: viri rerum civilium, rei publicae gerendae periti or viri in re publica prudentes
  • Dizionario Latino, Olivetti