Monday, July 16, 2012

Ira Propter Vitium Virtus

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Ira Propter Vitium Virtus
Irasci propter vitium pulcherrima virtus;
Proper virtutem res vitiosa nimis.

Source:  Giuseppe Gatti, Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi (1703). Meter: Elegiac.

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:

To be angry at a vice (irasci propter vitium) is a most beautiful virtue (pulcherrima virtus); to be angry at a virtue (proper virtutem) is a most vicious thing (res vitiosa nimis).

vitiōsus, -a, -um: faulty, full of vice, vicious

īrāscor īrāscī irātus sum: grow angry; īrātus -a -um: angry
nimius -a -um: too much, excessive; nimis or nimium: excessively
propter: because of (+ acc.)
pulcher -chra -chrum: beautiful
rēs reī f.: thing (rēs pūblica, commonwealth; rēs familiāris, family property, estate; rēs mīlitāris, art of war; rēs novae, revolution)
virtūs -ūtis f.: valor, manliness, virtue
vitium -ī n.: flaw, fault, crime