scelus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *skelos (curve, bending). This etymology presupposes a semantic shift from "crooked" to "wicked, bad". Cognate with Ancient Greek σκέλος (skelos), σκολιός (skolios).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

scelus n (genitive sceleris); third declension

  1. crime, villainy; criminal, villain

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative scelus scelera
genitive sceleris scelerum
dative scelerī sceleribus
accusative scelus scelera
ablative scelere sceleribus
vocative scelus scelera

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • scelus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • Michiel de Vaan (2008), Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers