Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An extra task imposed on a scholar as punishment.
“Father Fromm assumed a look of inexorable severity, when he gave information on this subject; and as he spoke I gathered frequently the words "prosodia," -- "pensum" -- "labor" -- "vocabularium" -- and many other terms common to dog-Latin: among which words like”
“That private schools will also have a “Bolivarian” pensum.”
“A hundred hexameters, or fifty distichs, in a day, is generally considered a fair _pensum_ for a boy of sixteen at a”
“Meum pensum ego lepide accurabo, quamquam odiost mortem amplexari.”
“Iamque in fine dies, et inexorabile pensum deficit. hic maesti pietas me poscit Etrusci qualia nec Siculae modulantur carmina rupes nec fati iam certus olor saeuique marita175”
“A. di, precor, hunc iuuenem, quem uos (neque fallor) ab ipso aethere misistis, post longa reducite uitae tempora uel potius mortale resoluite pensum et date perpetuo caelestia fila metallo: 140 sit deus et nolit pensare palatia caelo!”
“It is such a pleasure to recall every incident of this epoch of my life and Barty's that I should like to go through our joint lives day by day, hour by hour, microscopically -- to describe every book we read, every game we played, every _pensum_ (_i. e._, imposition) we performed; every lark we were punished for -- every meal we ate.”
“Whenever an extra holiday was to be begged for, or a favor obtained for any one, or the severity of a _pensum_ mitigated, Barty was the messenger, and seldom failed.”
“I all pedagogikk er det essensielt at pensum presenteres intelligibelt.”
“Principio quidem illud apud plerosque milites Hispanos, pessimo sane exemplo, in more positum fuit, vti ab oculatis et fide dignis testibus perscriptum est, vt seruos suos grauissime punirent, si mercedem diurnam aut non attulissent, aut pensum in auro argentoue effodiendo non absoluissent, aut si quid leuioris denique delicti perpetrassent.”
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