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Death in Latin: Mors, etc.

by Michael


My question has to do with the word death, as in death from a terminal illness such as ALS or Lou Gehrigs Disease, which I have. Your help on this would be extremely helpful to me.

Thanks in advance.


Dear Michael,

The simplest word for death in Latin is Mors. There are a few others that may apply. Fatum, literally fate, can mean death or doom. Letum can mean death or ruin or annihilation. Exitium means death or destruction.

There is a phrase in Latin, mortem obiit, which is used to describe the death of an individual. It means he met his death.

Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.



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