Posted by ESC on October 24, 2003
In Reply to: Ciceronian declension posted by jack on October 24, 2003
: : what's the meaning and origin of "ciceronian declension"?
I can tell you what the individual words mean.
Main Entry: Cic·ero
Function: biographical name
Marcus Tullius 106-43 B.C. Roman statesman, lawyer, orator, & author; one of the greatest Roman orators; innovator of Ciceronian rhetoric; staunch defender of republican principles; writings include books of rhetoric, orations, philosophical and political treatises, and letters
- Cic·ero·nian /"si-s&-'rO-ny&n, -nE-&n/ adjective
Main Entry: de·clen·sion
Etymology: Middle English declenson, modification of Middle French declinaison, from Latin declination-, declinatio grammatical inflection, turning aside, from declinare to inflect, turn aside
Date: 15th century
1 a : noun, adjective, or pronoun inflection especially in some prescribed order of the forms b : a class of nouns or adjectives having the same type of inflectional forms
2 : a falling off or away : DETERIORATION
3 : DESCENT, SLOPE
- de·clen·sion·al /-'klen(t)-sh&-n&l/ adjective