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Etymology 1[edit]

Perfect passive participle of tergō (I rub, wipe off, clean).


tersus m (feminine tersa, neuter tersum); first/second declension

  1. clean, neat, rubbed or wiped (off), cleansed, having been cleansed
  2. (figuratively) pure, correct, nice, terse, spruce, neat

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative tersus tersa tersum tersī tersae tersa
genitive tersī tersae tersī tersōrum tersārum tersōrum
dative tersō tersō tersīs
accusative tersum tersam tersum tersōs tersās tersa
ablative tersō tersā tersō tersīs
vocative terse tersa tersum tersī tersae tersa

Etymology 2[edit]

From tergō (I rub, wipe off, clean).


tersus m (genitive tersūs); fourth declension

  1. a wiping off, cleansing

Fourth declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative tersus tersūs
genitive tersūs tersuum
dative tersuī tersibus
accusative tersum tersūs
ablative tersū tersibus
vocative tersus tersūs


  • tersus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • tersus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • tersus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette