Sunday, March 19, 2006


More Privative, Asyndetic Adjectives

Rev. Gerard Deighan writes via email:
Particular thanks for your recent post on the asyndetic privative adjectives, which was most interesting. It brought back to me that ponderous, lumbering line of Vergil:

monstrum horrendum informe ingens cui lumen ademptum (Aeneid 3:658)

I hadn't thought of in-gens as a privative formation before, but of course it is: 'that goes beyond its kind or species' (Lewis and Short, s.v.)
Here are a few more Latin examples:Finally, a couple of examples from Milton's Paradise Lost missed in the earlier post:

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