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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a form of the dative case applied to pronouns; used (in Latin and some other languages, but rare in English) to show a certain interest felt by the person indicated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a use of the dative of a pronoun to signify that the person or thing spoken of is regarded with interest by some one; as, Quid mihi Celsus agit? How does my friend Celsus do?


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