seny

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Catalan sen, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *sinnaz, possibly influenced by Latin sensus (sense).

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seny m (plural senys)

  1. sense, common sense
    • 2011, Jaume Vallcorba i Rocosa, Obra gramatical i lingüística completa, L'Abadia de Montserrat (ISBN 9788498833591), page 33
      Quan no obrem d'acord amb el seny ho sabem: és quan hem fet les coses, per un desig, per un impuls o, en fi, per una passió, petita o grossa, temptadora o abassegadora.
      When we don't act in accordance with common sense, we know it: it's when we've done things for a desire, for an urge, or, in short, for a passion; small or great, tempting or engrossing.
    Synonyms: sentit
    Antonyms: rauxa
  2. (obsolete) sense, sensory preception
    • 1968, Rodolfo Llorena y Jordana, Com han estat i com som els catalans
      Esclaus dels cinc senys corporals: veure, oir, olorar, gustar i palpar, que configuren el món i la vida.
      [We are] slaves to the five bodily senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching, which shape the world and life.
    Synonyms: sentit
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin signum (signal). The meaning of "bell" is attested from the 6th century onwards.

Noun[edit]

seny m (plural senys)

  1. (archaic) sign
    Synonyms: senyal
  2. (archaic) large bell
    • 1908, Joan Segura, Historia d'Igualada, page 150
      Lo seny del lladre era un toch de campana que's feya al cap-vespre. Per broma devía dirse'n lo seny del lladre, com si diguessen que al fer aquell toch començava la nit, la hora deis lladres.
      The thief bell was the a bell that tolled at nightfall. As a joke it was to be called the thief bell, as if to say that when it tolls, night, the time of thieves, began.
    Synonyms: campana
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