Monday, July 16, 2012

Damnum Alterius

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Damnum Alterius
Alterius damno nemo ditescere debet;
Non aliis facito quod fieri ipse vetas.

Source: Anton Moker (1540-1605), Decalogus Metricus.  Meter: Elegiac. Note the future imperative: facito.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. There is only one word in this poem that is not on the DCC list:

No one should grow rich (nemo ditescere debet) by another's loss (alterius damno); do not do to others (non aliis facito) that which (quod) you yourself would prevent happening (fieri ipse vetas).

dītescō, dītescere: grow rich, become wealthy

alius -a -um: other, another; alias: at another time
alter altera alterum: other of two
damnum -ī n.: damage, injury
dēbeō dēbēre dēbuī dēbitum: owe, be obliged
faciō facere fēcī factum: do, make
fīō fierī factus sum: become
ipse ipsa ipsum: him- her- itself
nēmo: no one (gen. nullius, dat. nulli, abl. nullo or nulla > nullus -a -um)
nōn: not
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
vetō -āre vetuī vetītum: forbid