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aegis

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin aegis, from Ancient Greek αἰγίς (aigís, goatskin”, “shield of Athena), from αἴξ (aíks, goat).

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NounEdit

aegis (plural aegises or aegides)

  1. A mythological shield associated with Zeus and Athena shown as a short cloak consisting of a goatskin. The aegis of Athena is usually shown with a border of snakes and with the head of Medusa in the center. The aegis is more an emblem of protection and power than an actual military shield.
  2. Protection, guidance. Usually used as ‘under the aegis’ because of its origin as protection of the shield of Athena.
  3. Endorsement.
  4. Sponsorship.

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LatinEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From the Ancient Greek αἰγῐ́ς (aigís).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

aegis f (genitive aegidos or aegidis); third declension

  1. the aegis
    1. of Zeus or Jupiter
      • (Can we find and add a quotation of Virgil to this entry?)
      • (Can we find and add a quotation of Silius Italicus to this entry?)
    2. of Athena or Minerva
  2. (transferred senses):
    1. a shield, a defence
      1. (in the writings of Ovid) the jewelry by which maidens try to conceal their ugliness
    2. the heartwood of the larch
      • (Can we find and add a quotation of Pliny the Elder to this entry?)

DeclensionEdit

Hybrid declension of the Latin and Greek third declensions.

Number Singular Plural
nominative aegis aegidē̆s
genitive aegidos
aegidis
aegidum
dative aegidī̆ aegidibus
accusative aegida
aegidem
aegidas
aegidēs
ablative aegide aegidibus
vocative aegi
aegis
aegidē̆s

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ReferencesEdit

  • aegis in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • ægis” on page 72/1 of Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • “aegis” on page 63/1 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1st ed., 1968–82)