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Latin Words #1

Translate these common Latin words into English.
All the answers are a single word
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Last updated: February 8, 2019
First submittedSeptember 13, 2013
Times taken36,532
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Latin
English
Sol
Sun
Mille
Thousand
Rex
King
Mater
Mother
Contra
Against
Lumen
Light
Latin
English
Annus
Year
Stella
Star
Leo
Lion
Bellum
War
Emptor
Buyer
Post
After
Latin
English
Nihil
Nothing
Pax
Peace
Avis
Bird
Deus
God
Sanguis
Blood
Ovum
Egg
Latin
English
Lupus
Wolf
Luna
Moon
Amicus
Friend
Ursus
Bear
Corpus
Body
Caput
Head
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level 71
Nov 5, 2013
You could create a nice quiz by using Latin phrases with these words in them, e.g., "Homo homini lupus est." ("Man is a wolf to man.")
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level 53
Nov 5, 2013
100 % with 3:01 left. Can anyone tell me why they dropped Latin in schools?
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level 45
Nov 5, 2013
Because schools are underfunded and so many of them have been forced to cut 'electives' that we took for granted in my day -- like music, art and languages. It's appalling. I feel sorry for the kids in school now.
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level 34
Oct 30, 2015
My school teaches Latin, I got over 2/3
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level 68
Apr 27, 2016
because there are lots of living languages that are far more valuable than the fetishization of all things Greco-Roman? Then again, his lack of Latin did make Dan Quayle uncomfortable during a trip to Venezuela, if I remember right.
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level 63
Jan 15, 2019
@tshalla if you know latin all those "valauable languages" suddenly become a lot more clear and easier. Obviously not asian languages. I think it is more valuable to know latin and origins of words and languages. Than whoever was some military figurehead several centuries ago.
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level 68
May 20, 2019
Only so many things can be taught in a school day/year/career. Priorities.
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level 63
May 20, 2019
Exactly i agree there, priorities. But so many valuable languages? Nah, usefull, yes some might be in some cases.
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level 84
Nov 5, 2013
Because it's a dead language. The same reason they don't teach Ancient Greek or Sanscrit in schools.
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level 45
May 21, 2015
But it's a huge help in learning and understanding other Romance languages like French, Italian, Spanish...
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level 35
Apr 28, 2016
I studied both of those at school...
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level 38
Oct 4, 2016
That is a ridiculous statement. How can it be a dead language when the Romance and Germanic languages (yes, including English) have Latin roots. I passed my English Regent exam by concentrating on those words with Latin roots.
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level 54
Apr 11, 2017
I agree with divantilya - definitely lives on in other languages
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level 60
Aug 7, 2017
It's very helpful to have studied Latin when going into law or medicine!
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level 66
Feb 21, 2018
My favorite Latin word: appropinquabamusne? ("were we not approaching?" When I was in high school, I took Latin for three years and classical Greek for one year. Greek was a lot more fun, actually. While Latin is obscure it helps obliquely with history, vocabulary, etymology, and has some things in common with Romance languages. That said, was the one year of Spanish I took in college way more practically useful? You better believe it.
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level 63
Dec 7, 2018
@divantalya it is officialy a dead language... what is ridiculous about stating it is... There are no people/ethnic group that uses it as their everyday language. That doesnt mean it is forgotten and is never used. It lives on in science (and it used to be the language mainly used in churches) and it is extremely usefull in learning other (romance) languages. Dead officialy, but alive in our hearts... ow latin... we haven't forgotten about you! You still mean a lot to us...
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level 62
May 20, 2019
I never understood the argument that we should learn Latin because it helps us learn other Romance languages. Instead of spending 100 hours learning Latin so you can then learn Spanish, just spend the first 100 hours learning Spanish, which people actually speak in many places. Then, once you know Spanish, you can more easily learn French, Portuguese, or Italian. There is absolutely no need to bring Latin into this equation. I know that it's the forerunner of the others, but that also means that the others follow similar rules, so if you just start with Spanish grammar, you'll have a good sense of French grammar. Why bring Latin into it at all?
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level 78
Nov 5, 2013
We learned Latin and Greek etymologies and roots in school. It wasn't the same as learning the full language but it was very helpful to understanding English better.
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level 76
Apr 27, 2016
Same here, although all those years of Pig-Latin did me no good at all. :)
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level 45
Nov 5, 2013
I am in latin at a public high school right now so.....
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level 48
Apr 18, 2014
Latin is going strong in my former high school (public too)!
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level 63
Dec 7, 2018
Never had latin in school, but managed to get all but one (emptor) with 3:00 to spare. Gave up right after that, cause was pretty sure I wasnt gonna get it, and I was right, after seeing the answer it still didn't ring any bells
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level 46
Jan 9, 2019
They still have 'special' schools in The Netherlands that teach ancient Greek and Latin but it's the highest level so not everybody can learn it. Having had Latin and ancient Greek does indeed help a lot with decoding Latin languages like Spanish and Italian.
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level 63
May 20, 2019
They do, and i wish i had chosen it. Did atheneum but could ve done gymnasium (and to clarify to others, it is not a special school, just a different route/set of classes.). I still cant remember why not. I really should ask...

(I think i was talked out of it. And at age 12 you probably think others know what they are talking about)

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level 49
Nov 5, 2013
Easy; got every word on my first guess, and finished with 3:32 left. Make a sequel!
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level ∞
Oct 26, 2015
How about 2?

http://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/latin-words-2
http://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/latin-words-3
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level 54
Nov 7, 2013
Two years of Latin actually pays off... In this little obscure corner of the internets.
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level 50
Jan 6, 2014
got a lot of these by knowing English and French . learning both helps with etymology as does German
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level 63
Dec 7, 2018
Vice versa too
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level 10
Mar 31, 2014
79% Das goot.
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level 44
May 13, 2014
Quizmaster, could you please change "Nihilum" to "nihil"? Gratias (:
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level 29
May 26, 2014
I second that!
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level ∞
Oct 26, 2015
Okay
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level 22
Nov 1, 2014
That becomes difficult if you have to translate it twice :D From Latin into -in my case- German, into English. Got 19/24 anyway :D That's ok, I think
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level 77
Feb 24, 2015
Could you accept "tow truck and backwards driving expert" for "Mater?"
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level 58
Apr 27, 2016
It's like TUHmater, 'cept without the 'tuh'.
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level 24
Apr 27, 2016
Who else did this quiz thinking it was spanish?? xD
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level 53
Apr 27, 2016
100% with 3:18 to go. Three years of Latin is still paying off. Please put Latin back in schools!
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level 62
Apr 27, 2016
Knowing Spanish really comes in handy in these types of quizzes.
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level 11
Apr 27, 2016
25%... I'm not good at Latin
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level 47
Aug 12, 2016
Woohoo, 100% with 3:08 left.
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level 24
Aug 27, 2016
19/24. I'm mad I didn't get avis (duh), contra and sanguis. I was trying every preposition I could think of for contra and I thought sanguis might have something to do with bodily fluids but I didn't think of the most obvious one.
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level 48
Dec 23, 2016
Keep the Latin quizzes comin' :) These would be especially great for high school students prepping for SATs and such. These quizzes provide so much valuable information for American English speakers in particular.
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level 63
May 20, 2019
I wonder why you particularly mention american english, what is the difference, in this particular case, with british english?
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level 37
Apr 9, 2017
Easy for me, I'm italian ù.ù
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level 54
Apr 11, 2017
3.05 left, first go for me. Good to see that 3 months of Latin I did in 1980 at high school still comes in handy!
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level 71
Jul 26, 2017
Obviously if you know them it's an easy quiz; if you don't then guesswork will probably only get you part of the way. Suggest reducing the time - like others I had more than 3 minutes left.
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level 63
Sep 10, 2017
How about customer or client for Emptor?
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level 60
Nov 21, 2017
Well Emptor comes from the Latin Phrase "Caveat Emptor" meaning let the buyer beware, so it wouldn't quite make sense for it to be anything else.
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level 76
Jan 20, 2018
...what?
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level 63
Dec 7, 2018
A word coming from a phrase... well that's new
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level 53
Nov 21, 2017
As a Brazilian (Portuguese language), I feel embarassed of forgetting Lupus (the constelattion, dammit), Mater and Bellum. Emptor I had no ideia what it was, never heard before...
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level 53
Feb 21, 2018
I would suggest that Contra also accepts opposition/opposite or resistance. We use it the same way in the Greek language for -enanti
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level 46
Mar 20, 2018
just missed emptor but almost 100%
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level 30
Dec 12, 2018
Actually, "post" can also mean "behind" as well as "after". Maybe consider changing it? Just wanted to let you know as someone studying Latin.
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level 63
Jan 15, 2019
All were just as simple as english for me ( never had any latin at school btw) but never heard of emptor/buyer. Maybe that word is used in only english phrases? All the others I know from scientific stuff or commonly used words.
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level 58
Feb 22, 2019
Could 'opposite' be accepted for 'contra'?
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level 49
May 20, 2019
Agreed. I was confused when opposite was not accepted.
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level 55
Apr 14, 2019
as latin student this is cheep points, still nice quiz
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level 47
May 20, 2019
For "caput", did anybody else first try "broken"? :)
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level 68
May 20, 2019
Yep, and beer for stella :)
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level 56
May 20, 2019
Never had Latin, scored 88%. I knew i learned some words in culture and a vague few through studying history (though not focussing on the Roman eara). I am seriously surprised by my score.
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level 52
May 20, 2019
I got most of these right because I am familiar with Italian and Spanish (simply from learning songs in these languages), and then I worked backwards from there. Plus, I feel as though some of these should be general knowledge (i.e. sol is the basis for solar).
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level 35
May 20, 2019
21 out of 24, not bad. Being a native speaker of Portuguese myself helped a lot and in College I had to take three semesters of Latin...Paid off only now. lol
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level 60
May 20, 2019
Over 50 years ago, a pass in Latin at "O" level was pretty much a requirement to get into a British university. Somehow, I did it, despite receiving "Disastrous" on a couple of report cards from dear Molly Barnes. Some of it stuck - missed only Emptor & Ursus.
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level 46
May 20, 2019
I am learning Spanish at the moment which is the only reason I managed to get any of the 16 I got. Finally I have learnt the real benefit of learning Spanish...
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level 58
May 20, 2019
46 years after my last high school Latin class and I got 100%!
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level 58
May 25, 2019
Man, I hate it when I'm getting 100% right up until the last question! That's when my caput went kaput.
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level 33
Nov 30, 2019
nice
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