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  1. first-person singular present indicative of tergere


tergo m (plural terghi)

  1. back
  2. reverse (coin or medal)



Alternative forms[edit]



tergō (present infinitive tergere, perfect active tersī, supine tersum); third conjugation

  1. Alternative form of tergeō


   Conjugation of tergō (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present tergō tergis tergit tergimus tergitis tergunt
imperfect tergēbam tergēbās tergēbat tergēbāmus tergēbātis tergēbant
future tergam tergēs terget tergēmus tergētis tergent
perfect tersī tersistī tersit tersimus tersistis tersērunt, tersēre
pluperfect terseram terserās terserat terserāmus terserātis terserant
future perfect terserō terseris terserit terserimus terseritis terserint
passive present tergor tergeris, tergere tergitur tergimur tergiminī terguntur
imperfect tergēbar tergēbāris, tergēbāre tergēbātur tergēbāmur tergēbāminī tergēbantur
future tergar tergēris, tergēre tergētur tergēmur tergēminī tergentur
perfect tersus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect tersus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect tersus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present tergam tergās tergat tergāmus tergātis tergant
imperfect tergerem tergerēs tergeret tergerēmus tergerētis tergerent
perfect terserim terserīs terserit terserīmus terserītis terserint
pluperfect tersissem tersissēs tersisset tersissēmus tersissētis tersissent
passive present tergar tergāris, tergāre tergātur tergāmur tergāminī tergantur
imperfect tergerer tergerēris, tergerēre tergerētur tergerēmur tergerēminī tergerentur
perfect tersus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect tersus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present terge tergite
future tergitō tergitō tergitōte terguntō
passive present tergere tergiminī
future tergitor tergitor terguntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives tergere tersisse tersūrum esse tergī tersum esse tersum īrī
participles tergēns tersūrus tersus tergendus, tergundus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
tergendī tergendō tergendum tergendō tersum tersū


  • Italian: tergere
  • Ladin: terjer
  • Old French: terdre
  • Romanian: șterge



  1. ablative singular of tergum


  • tergo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • tergo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • tergo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be on the heels of the enemy: tergis hostium inhaerere
    • (ambiguous) to attack the enemy in the rear: hostes a tergo adoriri
    • (ambiguous) to surround the enemy from the rear: circumvenire hostem aversum or a tergo (B. G. 2. 26)