See also: quasi-

English

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Etymology

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Learned borrowing from Latin quasi (as if).

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quasi (not comparable)

  1. Resembling or having a likeness to something.
    • 2000, Henry Martyn Robert with Sarah Corbin Robert, Robert's Rules of Order, 10th revised edition, page 522:
      The presiding officer of the assembly does not appoint a chairman of the quasi committee, but remains in the chair himself throughout its proceedings.

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Catalan

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Learned borrowing from Latin quasi.

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quasi

  1. almost, nearly, quasi
    Synonym: gairebé
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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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Learned borrowing from Latin quasi (as if).

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quasi

  1. quasi

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French

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Learned borrowing from Latin quasi.

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quasi

  1. almost, nearly
    Synonym: presque

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German

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Etymology

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Learned borrowing from Latin quasi.

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quasi

  1. as it were, so to speak, effectively, essentially
    Synonyms: gewissermaßen, gleichsam, sozusagen

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  • quasi” in Duden online
  • quasi” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Italian

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Etymology

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From Latin quasi. The final -i hints towards the word being borrowed or semi-learned, but it's not uncommon for Italian to shift final -e to -i (cf. avanti, dieci, tardi, etc.).

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quasi

  1. almost, nearly
    Synonyms: circa, poco meno che, pressoché, per poco non

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quasi (invariable)

  1. almost
    ti presento il mio quasi marito
    meet my almost-husband

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quasi

  1. (with subj.) as if
    Synonym: quasiché
    dà continuamente ordini quasi fosse lui il padrone
    he continually gives orders as if he were the boss

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Latin

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Etymology

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Univerbation of quam (how, as) +‎ (if) with clitic shortening of the first vowel and iambic shortening of the second.

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quasi

  1. (almost) as if, like
    Synonyms: ceu, (perinde) ac sī, tanquam, velut, ut, sīcut
    quasi vērō nesciam!as if I don't know!

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Further reading

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  • quasi”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • quasi”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • quasi 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)
  • quasi in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to obscure the mental vision: mentis quasi luminibus officere (vid. sect. XIII. 6) or animo caliginem offundere
    • to represent a thing dramatically: sic exponere aliquid, quasi agatur res (non quasi narretur)
    • to make a cursory mention of a thing; to mention by the way (not obiter or in transcursu): quasi praeteriens, in transitu attingere aliquid
    • belief in God is part of every one's nature: omnibus innatum est et in animo quasi insculptum esse deum
    • I said en passant, by the way: dixi quasi praeteriens or in transitu

Norman

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Etymology

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Learned borrowing from Latin quasi.

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quasi

  1. almost, nearly

Portuguese

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quasi (not comparable)

  1. Obsolete spelling of quase.