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13:23 May 12, 2001
English to Latin translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: Sexy
in a chat up line

Summary of answers provided
naVenustus, cupidus, libidinosus, amatorius.Wigtil
naamused !Carole Reade-Kentros



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amused !

Well, Marcus Tullius Cicero wasn't renowned for being "sexy", neither were
Scipio Africanus, Caius Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, etc etc etc ...
So I can't quite pinpoint the correct term just now, though of course I will
think about it .... and let you know later on if I hit upon a suitable solution to
your problem :)

    befuddled, bemused and flabbergasted latinist !!!!!!!!!!
Carole Reade-Kentros
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Venustus, cupidus, libidinosus, amatorius.

Venustus, cupidus, libidinosus, amatorius (said of a male)...OR venusta, cupida, libidinosa, amatoria (said of a female).

There are several varying shades of meaning, and no single Latin word does the multiple tasks of the English "sexy".

VENUSTUS: "beautiful, charming, blessed by the goddess Venus (and all the amorous/sexual possibilities associated with her)"

LIBIDINOSUS: "passionate, licentious, pleasure-seeking" (but not necessarily "good-looking" or "beautiful", but rather descriptive of behavior or character)

CUPIDUS: "desirous, attractive" (said of general wanting, desiring, etc.)

AMATORIUS: "amorous, ready to mate" (about behavior, and not necessarily about looks)

    Ph. D. in ancient Greek, college instructor of Latin, Greek, and other languages.
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