semper

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See also: semper-

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From sem-per, from Proto-Indo-European *sḗm (one), root of Latin semel (once) + -per (throughout). Analogous to semel +‎ -per. Cognates include Ancient Greek εἷς (heîs) and Sanskrit सकृत् (sa-kṛ́t). Compare singulus. For similar compositions see paulisper, quantisper, tantisper.

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semper (not comparable)

  1. always, ever, forever, at all times, on each occasion
    • 8 CE, Ovid, Fasti 5.207-208:
      ‘vērē fruor semper: semper nitidissimus annus,
      arbor habet frondēs, pābula semper humus’
      “I enjoy spring forever: always a year most beautiful, [every] tree has foliage, ever the ground [its] pastures.”
      (See Flora (mythology).)
    Spero ut pacem semper habeant.
    I hope that they always have peace.

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References[edit]

  • semper”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • semper”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • semper in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • nothing will ever make me forgetful of him: semper memoria eius in (omnium) mentibus haerebit

Sardinian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin semper, whose first element is ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *sḗm (one).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsemper/, [ˈsɛm.pɛ.ɾɛ̆]

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semper

  1. always

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