Latin edit

Etymology edit

From modus ((due) measure) +‎ -icus.

Pronunciation edit

Adjective edit

modicus (feminine modica, neuter modicum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. moderate
    Synonym: moderātus
  2. temperate, restrained
  3. reasonable
  4. humble, poor
    Synonyms: dēmissus, ignōbilis, humilis, abiectus
  5. mean, scanty, small
    Synonyms: parcus, paucus, perpaucus
    Antonym: nimius

Declension edit

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative modicus modica modicum modicī modicae modica
Genitive modicī modicae modicī modicōrum modicārum modicōrum
Dative modicō modicō modicīs
Accusative modicum modicam modicum modicōs modicās modica
Ablative modicō modicā modicō modicīs
Vocative modice modica modicum modicī modicae modica

Descendants edit

  • Catalan: mòdic
  • English: modicum
  • French: modique
  • Italian: modico
  • Portuguese: módico
  • Romanian: modic
  • Spanish: módico

References edit

  • modicus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • modicus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • modicus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to bear a thing with resignation, composure: humane, modice, moderate, sapienter, constanter ferre aliquid
    • to be moderate in all things, commit no excess: omnia modice agere
    • with moderation and judgment: modice ac sapienter