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23:44 Apr 29, 2001
Latin to English translations [Non-PRO]
Latin term or phrase:cidere memoris
i am trying to find a latin phrase that means "to get lost in one's memory" or "lost in memory"
Explanation: The two sentences you specified would be rendered respectively as "Memoria frui" and "Memoria fruens". This gets at the sense of "enjoying one's memories".
The somewhat literalistic option is is negative in Latin: "in memoria errare" or "in memoria errans". The word ERRARE means "to wander, to go astray," and ERRANS means "wandering, going astray." Such a phrase would obviously imply, "suffering memory lapses".
Even more negative in sense is the most literalistic alternative, "in memoria perditus/interitus [masculine]" or "in memoria perdita/interita [feminine]," "lost in memory," options that really mean "suffering loss/ruin/destruction in regard to memory". This sense of doom even more severe in your proposal to use a form of the verbs EXCIDO, EXCIDERE or INTERCIDO, INTERCIDERE: the exact phrasing would be "in memoria excisus/intercisus [masculine]" or "in memoria excisa/intercisa [feminine]", which both really imply, "cut off from our memory, utterly forgotten."
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