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Ecclesiastical Latin Nouns of the Fourth and Fifth Declensions


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Ecclesiastical Latin

 

This page uses

simplified diacriticals.

 

The vast majority of nouns encountered in Ecclesiastical Latin belong to the first three declensions. Given the near-instant identifiability of those nouns, however, I think it a simpler matter to keep track of the fewer, but important, nouns that belong to the Fourth and Fifth Declensions.

 


Fourth Declension:

 

Virtually all Declension IV nouns are masculine, with only a few feminine or neuter (*)

aestus defectus intéritus potus
adventus domus introitus ritus  
affectus exercitus manus sensus
cantus éxitus morsus sinus
circúitus fletus nutus spíritus
coetus fructus occasus status
contactus  * genu ortus tribus
comitatus gradus planctus visus
conspectus impetus portus vultus
 * cornu incolatus    
       

Fifth Declension:

 

Virtually all Declension V nouns are feminine.

coheres fides res spes
 (dies) progénies spécies tempéries
fácies réquies