(San Antonio, TX, USA)
Dear Latin Teacher,
Which Latin vocabulary word means to ask or to entreat? procari
Two of the words you ask about make sense to me. I have never seen the word pracari
, procatus sum
: to urge; to woo; to ask or to demand. This verb is very rare. This deponent verb also has an active counterpart (proco, procare).Precor
, precatus sum
: to ask, beg, entreat; to pray, supplicate, request, invoke. In Christian Latin we often see the form precamur
, let us pray. This verb is very common.
A nice English derivative from precari
: imprecation means a curse, malediction, a praying against another. It's really from the verb imprecari
, to pray to or for.
Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher!
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