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Postby annuit » Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:30 am

Hi,

would anyone be able to tell me how to correctly say "to wonder/to marvel" in latin? is "mirum" the appropriate term? :roll:

any help and nudges in the right direction would be appreciated!

thanks,
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Re: "wonder"

Postby Carolus Raeticus » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:05 pm

Salve annuit!

annuit wrote:Hi, would anyone be able to tell me how to correctly say "to wonder/to marvel" in latin? is "mirum" the appropriate term?

Edgar S. Shumway's introductory Hand-Book of Latin Synonymes (Archive.org, 1898) may help:
  • mirari, to deem anything remarkable (mirum), to be surprised at, but also to admire;
  • admirari, to admire something as great or grand.
Vale,

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Re: "wonder"

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:48 pm

But one meaning of modern English "to wonder" has drifted right away from any idea of marvel and wondrousness :: e.g. "I wonder what excuse the smith'll come up with THIS time for not doing the work by the time that he promised."
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