From Proto-Indo-European *sent- (“to feel”). Cognate with Lithuanian sintėti (“to think”), Old High German sinnan (“to go; desire”).
sentiō (present infinitive sentīre, perfect active sēnsī, supine sēnsum); fourth conjugation
- I feel; I perceive with the senses
, Metamorphoses 1.553
- Hanc quoque Phoebus amat positāque in stīpite dextrā
sentit adhūc trepidāre novō sub cortice pectus.
- But yet Phoebus loves her in this form and pressing his right hand
he feels still the trembling heart under the bark.
- Synonym: percipiō
- I perceive: I notice mentally
- I have an opinion; I feel an emotion
c. 100 CE – 110 CE
, Histories 1.1
- […] ubi sentīre quae velīs et quae sentiās dīcere licet.
- […] where to feel what you wish, and what you feel to say, is permitted.
- sentio in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- sentio in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- sentio in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- sentio in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
- to hold the same views: idem sentire (opp. dissentire ab aliquo)
- give me your opinion: dic quid sentias
- to agree with a person: consentire, idem sentire cum aliquo
- to think one thing, say another; to conceal one's opinions: aliter sentire ac loqui (aliud sentire, aliud loqui)
- to have the good of the state at heart: bene, optime sentire de re publica
- to have the good of the state at heart: omnia de re publica praeclara atque egregia sentire
- to have the same political opinions: idem de re publica sentire
- to foster revolutionary projects: contra rem publicam sentire
- I will give you my true opinion: dicam quod sentio
- (ambiguous) to come within the sphere of the senses: sub sensum or sub oculos, sub aspectum cadere
- (ambiguous) to be a man of taste: sensum, iudicium habere
- (ambiguous) to express oneself in popular language: ad vulgarem sensum or ad communem opinionem orationem accommodare (Off. 2. 10. 35)
- (ambiguous) to be quite insensible of all feelings to humanity: omnem humanitatis sensum amisisse