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Contraction of conventiō.



cōntiō f (genitive cōntiōnis); third declension

  1. a meeting, assembly
  2. a speech, oration or discourse before a public assembly


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cōntiō cōntiōnēs
genitive cōntiōnis cōntiōnum
dative cōntiōnī cōntiōnibus
accusative cōntiōnem cōntiōnēs
ablative cōntiōne cōntiōnibus
vocative cōntiō cōntiōnēs

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  • contio in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • contio in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “contio”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • contio in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to address a meeting of the people: verba facere apud populum, in contione
    • to mount the rostra: in contionem (in rostra) escendere (only of Romans)
    • to summon an assembly of the people: contionem advocare (Sall. Iug. 33. 3)
    • to harangue the soldiers: contionem habere apud milites
  • contio in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • contio in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • contio in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin