From the Latin passim (here and there, everywhere).


  • IPA(key): /ˈpæsɪm/
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passim (not comparable)

  1. throughout or frequently
  2. here and there

Usage notesEdit

Used especially in citations, often with simply the name of a book or writer, to indicate that something (as a word, phrase, or idea) is to be found at many places throughout the section, book, or writings of the author cited.


  • 1751, David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals:
    The sceptics assert [Sext. Emp. adrersus Math. lib. viii.], though absurdly, that the origin of all religious worship was derived from the utility of inanimate objects, as the sun and moon, to the support and well-being of mankind. This is also the common reason assigned by historians, for the deification of eminent heroes and legislators [Diod. Sic. passim.].
  • 1978Supreme Court of the United States, F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation
    See also Hearings on H.R.8825 before the House Committee on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries, 70th Cong., 1st Sess., passim (1928).





From passus (spread out), from pandō (I spread).


passim (not comparable)

  1. everywhere
    Synonyms: ubique, quācumquē
  2. here and there, hither and thither; (at or to different places)
  3. without distinction, without order, randomly
    Synonym: prōmiscē
  4. mindlessly, without thinking about it
    Synonym: temere


  • English: passim


  • passim”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • passim”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • passim in Enrico Olivetti, editor (2003-2022) Dizionario Latino, Olivetti Media Communication
  • passim 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)
  • passim in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • far and wide; on all sides; everywhere: longe lateque, passim (e.g. fluere)