munus

LatinEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Like mūnia ‎(duties), it is derived from Proto-Indo-European *mey- ‎(change, swap). As is the case with such derivatives as "municipality", and "immunity", the concept of trading goods and services in a way that conforms to a society's laws is quite pertinent to this term. From the addition of the "co-" prefix came commūnis ‎(common, public), which is cognate to Old High German gimeini, Old English gemǣne, Old Dutch gimēni and Old Saxon gimēni.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mūnus n ‎(genitive mūneris); third declension

  1. a service, office, employment
  2. a burden, duty, obligation
  3. a service, favor
  4. a spectacle, public show
  5. a gift

InflectionEdit

Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
nominative mūnus mūnera
genitive mūneris mūnerum
dative mūnerī mūneribus
accusative mūnus mūnera
ablative mūnere mūneribus
vocative mūnus mūnera

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DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • munus” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
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