praeceps

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From prae (before) +‎ -ceps (headed).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

praeceps m, f, n (genitive praecipitis); third declension

  1. head first, headlong
  2. steep, precipitous
  3. (figuratively) hasty, rash, precipitate

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative praeceps praecipitēs praecipitia
genitive praecipitis praecipitium
dative praecipitī praecipitibus
accusative praecipitem praeceps praecipitēs praecipitia
ablative praecipitī praecipitibus
vocative praeceps praecipitēs praecipitia

Descendants[edit]

Adverb[edit]

praeceps (not comparable)

  1. headlong

Noun[edit]

praeceps n (genitive praecipitis); third declension

  1. a precipice, steep place
  2. extreme danger

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
nominative praeceps praecipita
genitive praecipitis praecipitum
dative praecipitī praecipitibus
accusative praeceps praecipita
ablative praecipite praecipitibus
vocative praeceps praecipita

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • praeceps in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • praeceps in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • praeceps” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to fall down headlong: praecipitem ire; in praeceps deferri
    • to bring a man to ruin; to destroy: aliquem affligere, perdere, pessumdare, in praeceps dare
    • to be ruined, undone: praecipitem agi, ire
    • to be short-tempered; to be prone to anger: praecipitem in iram esse (Liv. 23. 7)
    • to be carried away by something: praecipitem ferri aliqua re (Verr. 5. 46. 121)
    • headlong flight: fuga effusa, praeceps (Liv. 30. 5)
    • to flee headlong: praecipitem se fugae mandare