See also: baznīcā

Latvian edit

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Baznīca (1)

Etymology edit

Borrowed from Old East Slavic божьница (božĭnica, church, capel), probably specifically from the dialectal form бозьница (bozĭnica) (compare Proto-Slavic *božьnica, Belarusian бажніца (bažnica, shelf with icons; house of prayer), ultimately from Proto-Slavic *bogъ (god) or *božьnъ (divine). The first vowel a (< *o) suggests that the borrowing occurred at some point in the 13th century, although the term itself is first mentioned only in the 16th century (as baznedce and baznice; the modern form baznīca is first attested in 17th-century sources).[1]

Pronunciation edit

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Noun edit

baznīca f (4th declension)

  1. church (building used for worship by Christians)
    baznīcas zvans, tornischurch bell, tower
    iet baznīcāto go to church
    es skatījos baznīcas baltajā tornīI looked at the white church tower
    netālajā Annas baznīcā sāka dūkt ērģeles... lauku draudze dziedāja beigu dziesmuin the nearby Anna church the organs began to play... the local congregation began to sing the last song
  2. church (organization of Christian believers belonging to one denomination)
    luterāņu, katoļu, anglikāņu baznīcathe Lutheran, the Catholic, the Anglican church
    pareizticīgo baznīcathe Orthodox church
    kristīgās baznīcas vēsturethe history of the Christian church
    katoļu baznīcas cīņa pret reformācijuthe fight of the Catholic church against reformation
  3. (usually singular) church (the set of religious groups and institutions in a country)
    šķirt baznīcu no valststo separate church from state

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References edit

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “baznīca”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN