Thursday, February 17, 2011

Verbum Hodiernum: DUX

Today's word is the third-declension noun, DUX (gen. ducis), "leader," from the same root as in the verb ducere, "to lead." The English noun "duke" comes from Latin dux, along with related English words like "duchy" and "ducat."

Here are some examples of today's word in Latin sayings and proverbs; for more information, see the page at the Scala Sapientiae, which contains notes on some of the proverbs cited below, as well as additional proverbs:

Dux vitae ratio.

Ratione duce per totam vitam eundum est.

Deo duce, comite Fortuna.

Deo duce, comite Spe.

Qualis dux, talis miles.

Oculi sunt in amore duces.

Virtute duce, comite Fortuna.

Dux mihi veritas.

Dux bonus bonum reddit comitem.

Natura optima bene vivendi dux.

Ducis in consilio posita est virtus militum.

Melius duce leone agmen cervorum quam duce cervo grex leonum.

Dux femina facti.

Dux atque imperator vitae mortalium animus est.

Formidabilior cervorum exercitus, duce leone, quam leonum, duce cervo.

Dux vivendi natura est.

Claudus eget baculo, caecus duce, pauper amico.

Deo duce, Fortuna comitante.

Deo duce, comite industria.

Naturam si sequemur ducem, numquam aberrabimus.

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