How do you say "favorite" in latin?

Latin Language Asked on December 28, 2020

Is there any adjectives for "favorite" in latin ?

E.g "My favorite place is Rome"

And how about comparison ?

E.g " My most favorite animal is Cats out of any other animals you offer to me "

in the sense of you preferred animal is Cats out of any other animals you have been offered.

And i’m curious how Romans says "favorite" in classical period ?

One Answer

There are various possibilities depending on the required shade of meaning (in Latin, you must be very specific!):

  • carissimus (dearest, the one most valued)
  • dilectissimus (the most beloved)
  • gratissimus (the one most liked or enjoyed, the most agreeable)
  • iucundissimus (the one giving most pleasure)

and probably many others.

So e.g.: "Roma est mihi omnium locorum iucundissima" (meaning it is most pleasurable for you to be in Rome), or "Roma est mihi omnium locorum carissima" (of all places, Rome is dearest to you) etc., make your choice.

For the other sentence, I suggest:

  • "Aliis omnibus quae mihi proposuisti animalibus felem praefero." ("From all the animals you have offered to me I prefer the cat.")


  • "Omnium quae mihi proposuisti animalium gratissima mihi est feles." ("Of all the animals you have offered to me I best like the cat."

Answered by Nolmendil on December 28, 2020

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