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From Proto-Indo-European *sermō (with stem sermōn-, for *sermin-, from the nominative case), from *ser- ‎(to bind) + *-mō. Cognate of serō ‎(to join).



sermō m ‎(genitive sermōnis); third declension

  1. a conversation, discussion
    • c. 4 BCE – 65 CE, Seneca the Younger, De brevitate vitae 15
      Horum te mori nemo coget, omnes docebunt; horum nemo annos tuos conteret, suos tibi contribuet; nullius ex his sermo periculosus erit, nullius amicitia capitalis, nullius sumptuosa obseruatio.
      No one of these will force you to die, but all will teach you how to die; no one of these will wear out your years, but each will add his own years to yours; conversations with no one of these will bring you peril, the friendship of none will endanger your life, the courting of none will tax your purse.
  2. a rumor, diction, speech, talk, discourse
  3. a language, manner of speaking


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative sermō sermōnēs
genitive sermōnis sermōnum
dative sermōnī sermōnibus
accusative sermōnem sermōnēs
ablative sermōne sermōnibus
vocative sermō sermōnēs

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