tam magnus

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From tam (so) + magnus (large).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

tam magnus (feminine tam magna, neuter tam magnum); indeclinable portion with a first/second-declension adjective

  1. (This entry is a descendant hub.) so large, so great
    • Cicero, Verr. 5.26
      tam magna ac turbulenta tempestate
      such a large and turbulent storm
    • Plautus, Cas. 430
      opere tam magno
      so greatly

Usage notesEdit

Standard in earlier Latin when tam was needed to coordinate multiple adjectives (cf. quote 1), when magnus was part of a set expression such as magnopere (cf. quote 2), and in some other specific contexts.[1] Saw an increasingly generalized usage in Late Latin, competing with the adjective tantus.

DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adams, James Noel. 2007. The regional diversification of Latin, 200 BC–AD 600. Cambridge University Press. 344–347.