See also: Tenuis

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Unadapted borrowing from Latin tenuis (thin, fine; weak). Doublet of thin.

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AdjectiveEdit

tenuis (not comparable)

  1. (linguistics) Of Greek consonants, neither aspirated nor voiced, as [p], [t], [k]
  2. (linguistics) Of obstruents in other languages, not voiced, aspirated, glottalized, or otherwise different in phonation from the prototypical values of the voiceless IPA letters ([p], [t], [k], [f], [θ], [s], [ʃ], etc.).

NounEdit

tenuis (plural tenues)

  1. (linguistics) A tenuis consonant.
    • 1887, Max Müller
      The tenuis becomes aspirate in Low-German.

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Italic *tenwis, from Proto-Indo-European *ténh₂us (thin). Cognate with Sanskrit तनु (tanú), Ancient Greek τανύω (tanúō), Old English þynne (whence English thin).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

tenuis (neuter tenue, comparative tenuior, superlative tenuissimus, adverb tenuiter); third-declension two-termination adjective

  1. thin, fine, slender
  2. weak, watery
  3. slight, trifling
  4. delicate, subtle

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension two-termination adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative tenuis tenue tenuēs tenuia
Genitive tenuis tenuium
Dative tenuī tenuibus
Accusative tenuem tenue tenuēs
tenuīs
tenuia
Ablative tenuī tenuibus
Vocative tenuis tenue tenuēs tenuia

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ReferencesEdit

  • tenuis in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • tenuis in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • tenuis in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • elevated, moderate, plain style: genus dicendi grave or grande, medium, tenue (cf. Or. 5. 20; 6. 21)
    • meagre diet: victus tenuis (Fin. 2. 28. 90)
    • little money: pecunia exigua or tenuis