Discussion in 'Lingua Latina (Latin)' started by hawkfan, Feb 14, 2007.
Is there a Latin word for "existence"? If not, what would the best substitute be?
If you asked me, I'd say the verb 'sum, esse, fui, futurum' (to be, exist) would be pretty close.
I'm actually looking for a noun that means "existence". If there isn't one, what would be the closest Latin noun to "existence"?
I looked that up and it's not a word.
I meant more along the lines of a real Latin word that had a meaning that was most closely associated with the English meaning of "existence".
Existentia is a word, but it seems to be a medieval Latin word. If you need a classical word, I'd suggest that esse, the infinitive of "to be", might work depending on how you want to use it.
Would esse be a noun? As to using it, I would be relating it to another noun. (i.e., he is existence)
Other translations for existence: vita, ortus, aetas.
Yes, esse would be treated as a (neuter) noun, but it can only be used in the nominative. Although, something like is est esse would probably mean something closer to "he is being" rather than "he is existence" so it depends if that is close enough for you. And I'm not sure that this is "good" Latin. If you provided some more context, it might be easier for people here to help you choose the best option.
I doubt it's good Latin.
I wouldn't disagree. I could only find such phrases (things like Deus est esse) from medieval works.
Actually, I was able to resolve the issue on another forum.
Thanks to you all for the help
Good for you. But then again, would you care to reproduce that answer for us here?
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