Latin edit

Etymology edit

From tam (so) + magnus (large).

Pronunciation edit

Adjective edit

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 notes edit

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.

Descendants edit

References edit

  1. ^ Adams, J. N. (2007) The regional diversification of Latin, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, pages 344–347