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EtymologyEdit

From су́щий (súščij) +‎ -ество (-estvo).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

существо́ (suščestvón anim (genitive существа́, nominative plural существа́, genitive plural суще́ств)

  1. creature, being
  2. essence

DeclensionEdit

Usage notesEdit

  • The noun существо́ is one of the rare Russian neuter nouns to have animacy. Other neuter nouns with animacy include живо́тное (živótnoje), насеко́мое (nasekómoje), etc.

ReferencesEdit

  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973), “сущий”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačev O. N., Moscow: Progress