versus

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See also: vēršus and verŝus

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin versus (against, turned), past participle of vertere (to turn, change, overthrow, destroy).

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Conjunction[edit]

versus

  1. Used to link two or more opposing or contrasting elements.

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Preposition[edit]

versus

  1. against, in opposition to.
    It is the Packers versus the Steelers in the Super Bowl.
  2. compared with, as opposed to.
    • 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds”, New York Times:
      In polling by the Pew Research Center in November 2008, fully half the respondents thought the two parties would cooperate more in the coming year, versus only 36 percent who thought the climate would grow more adversarial.
    • 2005, Robert E. Weiss, Modeling Longitudinal Data, Springer, ISBN 978-0-387-40271-0, page 104:
      If, for example, we select random people entering a workout gym, versus if we pick random people entering a hospital, we will get very different samples.
  3. Bringing a legal action against, as used in the title of a court case in which the first party indicates the plaintiff (or appellant or the like), and the second indicates the defendant (or respondent or the like).
    Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans.

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Italian[edit]

Preposition[edit]

versus

  1. versus

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the perfect passive participle of vertō (turn).

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Participle[edit]

versus m (feminine versa, neuter versum); first/second declension

  1. turned, changed, having been turned.

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Inflection[edit]

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative versus versa versum versī versae versa
genitive versī versae versī versōrum versārum versōrum
dative versō versae versō versīs versīs versīs
accusative versum versam versum versōs versās versa
ablative versō versā versō versīs versīs versīs
vocative verse versa versum versī versae versa

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Adverb[edit]

versus (not comparable)

  1. towards, turned to or in the direction of, facing

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Noun[edit]

versus m (genitive versūs); fourth declension

  1. a furrow (turned earth)
  2. a verse, a line
    Si versus horum duorum poetarum neglegetis, magna parte litterarum carebitis.
    If you neglect the verses of these two poets, you will miss a great part of literature.
  3. (dance) a turn, step

Inflection[edit]

Fourth declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative versus versūs
genitive versūs versuum
dative versuī versibus
accusative versum versūs
ablative versū versibus
vocative versus versūs

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Spanish[edit]

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Preposition[edit]

versus

  1. versus
    Esta noche emitiremos a Alberto del Río versus John Cena en vivo. - Tonight, we'll be broadcasting Alberto del Rio vs. John Cena live.

Usage notes[edit]

This word is sometimes frowned upon as an anglicism, with the suggestion that contra or the conjunction y should be used instead.