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View synonyms for principium

principium

[ prin-sip-ee-uhm ]

noun

, plural prin·cip·i·a [prin-, sip, -ee-, uh].
  1. a principle.


principium

/ prɪnˈsɪpɪəm /

noun

  1. usually plural a principle, esp a fundamental one


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Word History and Origins

Origin of principium1

1575–85; < Latin prīncipium literally, that which is first, equivalent to prīncip- ( prince ) + -ium -ium
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Word History and Origins

Origin of principium1

C17: Latin: an origin, beginning
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Example Sentences

Thus, the general rule would be to begin with Homer: a Jove principium.

Aiunt hretici temporis nostri quod duo sunt principia rerum, principium lucis et principium tenebrarum, &c.

Interim hoc seculo nonnulli hoc principium ex ipsa natura eruendum censuere.

In iisque Primum90 meridianum defixit quod theticum principium deinceps fere omnes ejus auctoritate moti retinuerunt.

He traces back its origin to God himself—ab Jove principium.

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