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  1. nominative/accusative/vocative neuter singular of prior


prius (not comparable)

  1. previously
    • 2022 November 21, Wikipedia contributors, “Pierre Gassendi”, in English Wikipedia[1], Wikimedia Foundation:
      nihil est in intellectu quod non prius fuerit in sensu
      nothing is in the intellect which has not previously been in the senses
  2. before
    • 58–49 BCE, Julius Caesar and Aulus Hirtius, chapter VII, in Commentarii de Bello Gallico[2], page 9:
      Eo cum pervenisset, ad reliquas legiones mittit priusque omnes in unum locum cogit quam de eius adventu Arvernis nuntiari posset.
      When he arrived there, he sends information to the rest of the legions, and gathers all his army into one place before intelligence of his arrival could be announced to the Arverni.


  • prius”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • prius”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • prius in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[3], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) there is nothing I am more interested in than..: nihil antiquius or prius habeo quam ut (nihil mihi antiquius or potius est, quam ut)