See also: ævum

English

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Etymology

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Learned borrowing from Latin aevum (temporal mode of existence between time and eternity).[1] Doublet of aeviternity and aye.

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Noun

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aevum (uncountable)

  1. (Scholastic philosophy) The temporal mode of existence between time and eternity, said to be experienced by angels, saints, and celestial bodies (which medieval astronomy believed to be unchanging).
    Synonym: aeviternity

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References

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  1. ^ aevum, n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2021.

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Latin

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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Earlier aevom, aivom, from Proto-Italic *aiwom (period, age), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eyu- (long time, lifetime).

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Noun

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aevum n (genitive aevī); second declension

  1. (principally): time as a single, unified, continuous and limitless entity; infinite time, time without end; to wit: eternity, agelessness, timelessness
    Synonym: aeternitās
  2. (restrictedly): an undefined, particularly long period of time: an age, an era, a term, a duration
    Synonym: aetās
  3. (restrictedly, pertaining to a person): generation, lifetime, lifespan
    Synonym: aetās
  4. (Medieval Latin, philosophy) aevum, the mean between time and eternity, aeviternity

Declension

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Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative aevum aeva
Genitive aevī aevōrum
Dative aevō aevīs
Accusative aevum aeva
Ablative aevō aevīs
Vocative aevum aeva

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Descendants

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  • Italian: evo
  • Portuguese: evo
  • Romanian: ev
  • Spanish: evo

References

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  • aevum”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • aevum”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • aevum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • aevum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.