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Etymology Word of the Week

Director of Admissions Pat O'Rourke '90, a self-proclaimed "word nerd," brings you his Etymology Word of the Week. Every other week he presents an online Etymology lesson just for fun!

Etymology Word of the Week – As some of you know, in addition to working in the Admissions Office, I also teach Latin at Saint Ignatius and am something of a "word nerd."  Thus, each week, I’ll sneak a vocabulary word (sometimes derived from Latin, sometimes not) into the e-blast. Here, then, is this week’s edition of the Etymology Word of the Week.  

Convince - "to persuade; to move by argument to belief or agreement.”  From the Latin preposition cum (often rendered in English as the prefix com- or con-) meaning “with OR thoroughly” and the Latin verb vinco, vincere, vici, victum meaning “to conquer, defeat, overcome, win” (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – victory, convict, invincible (not conquerable), Vincent (this name literally means “they will win” in Latin)

SAMPLE SENTENCE - “Veni, Vidi, Vici” - “I came, I saw, I conquered” - G. Iulius Caesar

FINISH THE PHRASE:  Many hands make…




            …light work.