- a combining form meaning “almost,” used in the formation of compound words: penecontemporaneous.
Also especially before a vowel, pen-.
Origin of pene-
< Latin paene-, combining form of paene
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Examples from the Web for pene
He holds the young Count de la Pene by the hand; the boy leads his sister.
Gallia pene omnis commota est, et absque magistro sinceros habet veritatis dilectores.History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, Volume III
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
But as pening at d would bend the crown and unpair the bed of the brasses, it is preferable to pene at c.
Plebs pene servorum habetur loco, quæ per se nihil audet, et nulli adhibetur consilio.
The Christian names both of Pene and Tote are transposed in the last entry.The Privy Purse Expenses of King Henry VIII from November MDXXIX, to December MDXXXII
Nicholas Harris Nicolas
before a vowel pen-
from Latin paene
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