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[lat-n-iz-uh m]
  1. a mode of expression derived from or imitative of Latin.
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Origin of Latinism

From the Medieval Latin word latīnismus, dating back to 1560–70. See Latin, -ism
Related formsan·ti-Lat·in·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for latinism

Historical Examples

  • To compel, literally means to drive together; as a herd (a Latinism and rare).


    Elmer W. Cavins

  • After the Tuscan mariners transformed; a Latinism, meaning, after the transformation of the Tuscan mariners.

  • The expression is a Latinism, the gown standing for the toga.

  • Only in Africa did “Latinism” fail to take root permanently.

  • There were authors who laboriously tried to Literary dangers of Latinism.

British Dictionary definitions for latinism


  1. a word, idiom, or phrase borrowed from Latin
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