Latin Loan Words in Ayers
Lesson XXV

pp. 137-138

Note: Definitions come from the American Heritage Dictionary.

agenda n. pl. a·gen·das 1. A list or program of things to be done or considered: “ They share with them an agenda beyond the immediate goal of democratization of the electoral process ”  Daniel Sneider 2. A plural of  agendum . [Latin, pl. of agendum agendum "that which must be done"; See agendum ]
agendum ( -jµndm) n. pl. a·gen·da ( -d) also a·gen·dums 1. Something to be done, especially an item on a program or list. [Latin, neuter gerundive of agere to do; See ag-  in Indo-European Roots.]
animus n. 1. An attitude that informs one's actions; disposition. 2. A feeling of animosity; ill will. See note at enmity . 3. In Jungian psychology, the masculine inner personality as present in women.
congeries n. used with a sing. verb 1. A collection; an aggregation: “ Our city, it should be explained, is two cities, or more —an urban mass or congeries divided by the river ”  John Updike [Latin congeris from congerere to heap up; See congest ]
n. 1. An opinion or position reached by a group as a whole or by majority will: The voters' consensus was that the measure should be adopted. 2. General agreement or accord: government by consensus. n. attributive. 1. Often used to modify another noun: consensus politics; consensus management. [Latin, from past participle of c½nsentºreto agree; See consent ]
- n. pl. cor·ri·gen·da  1. An error to be corrected, especially a printer's error. 2. corrigenda A list of errors in a book along with their corrections. [Latin, neuter gerundive of corrigere to correct; See correct ]
credo n. pl. cre·dos 1. A creed. 2. Credo a. The Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed. b. The musical setting for the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed, as in a choral Mass. [Middle English the Apostles' Creed from Latin credo I believe (the first word of the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed), first person sing. present tense of credere to believe; See kerd-  in Indo-European Roots.]
crux n. pl. crux·es or cru·ces  1. The basic, central, or critical point or feature: the crux of the matter; the crux of an argument. 2. A puzzling or apparently insoluble problem. [Probably short for Medieval Latin crux (interpretum) torment (of interpreters)from Latin crux cross]
dictum n. pl. dic·ta or dic·tums 1. An authoritative, often formal, pronouncement: “ He cites Augustine's dictum that ‘ If you understand it, it is not God ’”  Joseph Sobran [Latin, from neuter past participle of dico say; See deik-  in Indo-European Roots.]

ef·flu·vi·um n. pl. ef·flu·vi·a  or ef·flu·vi·ums 1. A usually invisible emanation or exhalation, as of vapor or gas. 2. a. A byproduct or residue; waste. b. The odorous fumes given off by waste or decaying matter. 3. An impalpable emanation; an aura. [Latin from effluere to flow out; See effluent ] ef·flu vi·al adj.

extempore adj. 1. Spoken, carried out, or composed with little or no preparation or forethought. [Latin ex tempore ex of; See ex- tempore , ablative of tempus time]
adv. adj. 1. Without charge. [Middle English from Latin gratis out of kindness, free. See g w er- 2  in Indo-European Roots.]
n. Abbr. int. 1. An interval of time between one event, process, or period and another. adj. 1. Belonging to, serving during, or taking place during an intermediate interval of time; temporary: an interim agreement. [From Latin in the meantime; See en in Indo-European Roots.]
minutiae n. pl. mi·nu·ti·ae 1. A small or trivial detail: " the minutiae of experimental and mathematical procedure " Frederick Turner [From Late Latin min¿tiae petty details from Latin min¿tia smallness from min¿tus small; See minute 2 ]
omnibus  n. 1. A long motor vehicle for passengers; a bus. 2. A printed anthology of the works of one author or of writings on related subjects. adj. 1. Including or covering many things or classes: an omnibus trade bill. [French from Latin for all, dative pl. of omnis all; See op-  in Indo-European Roots.]
prospectus n. 1. A formal summary of a proposed venture or project: She rewrote the prospectus of her dissertation three times before it was approved. 2. A document describing the chief features of something, such as a business, an educational program, or especially a stock offering or mutual fund, for prospective buyers, investors, or participants. [Latin pr½spectus distant view; See prospect