centība

See also: centībā

LatvianEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From censt(ies) (to try) +‎ -ība. The standard stem for this verb has š (es cenšos, “I try”), but dialectally also t (es centos), which explains why there are derived forms with t, like centīgs, centība (zeal), and with s, like censonis (striver, fighter, assiduous person) or sacensība (competition) (and also, coloquially, censīgs, censība).[1]

NounEdit

centība f (4th declension)

  1. industriousness, diligence, dedication, zeal (quality of one who is industrious, hard-working, diligent)
    simpātiska ir jūsu centība, neatlaidīga griba papildināt savu izgītību — pleasant is your diligence, (your) fierce desire to complete your education'

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “censties” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (Rīga: AVOTS) ISBN: 9984-700-12-7.
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