from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An idiom, a structure, or a word derived from or suggestive of Latin.
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- n. Any word or phrase borrowed from Latin, or suggestive of Latin
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Latin idiom; a mode of speech peculiar to Latin; also, a mode of speech in another language, as English, formed on a Latin model.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Latin idiom; a mode of expression, peculiar to the Latin language; use of Latin forms or derivatives.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a word or phrase borrowed from Latin
But my favorite Latinism, which is actually quite useful.
If the Board of Education wants its teachers to instruct adolescents about HIV using Latinism of the academy, excluding vulgarism of the street, it should tell them so, plainly.
What Latinism did, however, was to teach the appreciation of the dignity of time, the beauty of the passing years, and their enriching effect on things and men.
Latinism was a flavor of the soul, and the modern soul rarely, if ever, assumes that flavor.
Extra-vagant certainly may be construed out of bounds; we need no ghost with a mouthful of Syntax to tell us that; but Shakspeare had too much taste to adopt such an absurd Latinism.
‘The founded world’ is indeed a pleasing Latinism, and congregations bred on such stuff should not suffer from flabbiness of thought.
Spain is Latin and its Latinism is expressed in the churches, but it is a productive country and it will be fine.
Among the medieval Greek theologians the most famous are the ninth-century Photius, well-known for his anti-Latinism; Michael
Latinism, like every new craze, became a passion, and ran through the less intelligent kinds of writing in a wild excess.
Bucarest, to one of the fire-eating retired generals, picturing the quaint old fellow as thinking that people were born only to die bravely, and knowing nothing of Rumania's rule as the "defender of Latinism" in the Balkans, "tooting the funereal flute and showing us the mountains -- there is to be your tomb!"