rictus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin rictus, participle of ringor (open the mouth wide)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɪk.təs/, /ˈɹɪk.tʊs/
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Noun[edit]

rictus (plural rictus or rictuses)

  1. A bird's gaping mouth.
  2. The throat of a calyx.
  3. Any open-mouthed expression.
    His face was a rictus of sheer delight.
    • 1899, Victor Hugo, Paul Maurice, transl., The Memoirs of Victor Hugo:
      Amid a thick, bristling beard, a nose like an owl's beak and a mouth whose corners were drawn by a wild-beast-like rictus were just discernible.
    • 1916, James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:
      A rictus of cruel malignity lit up greyly their old bony faces.
    • 1986, “Deaf Forever”, performed by Motörhead:
      Sword and shield, bone and steel / Rictus grin / Deaf forever to the battle's din
    • 1990, “Nothingface”, performed by Voivod:
      Valves plugs pumps to erase/ rictus from my face.
    • 1993, Wolfenstein 3D, scene: after defeating Hitler, level/area: 9:
      The absolute incarnation of evil, Adolf Hitler, lies at your feet in a pool of his own blood. His wrinkled, crimson-splattered visage still strains, a jagged-toothed rictus trying to cry out. Insane even in death. Your lips pinched in bitter victory, you kick his head off his remains and spit on his corpse.
    • 2001, Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl, page 56:
      It squinted at her through the hated light, its brow a rictus of pain and fear.
    • 2008, Sean Williams, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, page 81:
      The apprentice watched his Master, pain twisting his features into a rictus.

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Catalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

rictus m (plural rictus)

  1. rictus

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin rictus

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

rictus m (plural rictus)

  1. rictus; grimace

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ringor (I gape, show my teeth, snarl; I am vexed) +‎ -tus (action noun forming suffix).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

rictus m (genitive rictūs); fourth declension

  1. the gaping of a mouth, as when laughing or yawning

Declension[edit]

Fourth-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative rictus rictūs
Genitive rictūs rictuum
Dative rictuī rictibus
Accusative rictum rictūs
Ablative rictū rictibus
Vocative rictus rictūs

Descendants[edit]

  • English: rictus
  • French: rictus
  • Portuguese: ricto
  • Spanish: rictus

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References[edit]

  • rictus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • rictus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • rictus 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)

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French rictus, from Latin rictus.

Noun[edit]

rictus n (plural rictusuri)

  1. rictus

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

rictus m (plural rictus)

  1. sneer; wince

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