Ethical dative
Ethic Eth"ic, Ethical Eth"ic*al, a. [L. ethicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? custom, usage, character, dwelling; akin to ? custom, Goth. sidus, G. sitte, Skr. svadh?, prob. orig., one's own doing; sva self + dh? to set: cf. F. ['e]thique. See {So}, {Do}.] Of, or belonging to, morals; treating of the moral feelings or duties; containing percepts of morality; moral; as, ethic discourses or epistles; an ethical system; ethical philosophy. [1913 Webster]

The ethical meaning of the miracles. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

{Ethical dative} (Gram.), a use of the dative of a pronoun to signify that the person or thing spoken of is regarded with interest by some one; as, Quid mihi Celsus agit? How does my friend Celsus do? [1913 Webster]


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  • ethical dative — noun : a colloquial use of the dative of a pronoun for a person to whom it imputes a vague concern with the matter in question (as German mir, literally “for me”, in bleibe mir nur gesund “I just hope you stay well”) * * * ethical dative or ethic …   Useful english dictionary

  • ethical dative — noun a form of the dative case applied to pronouns; used (in Latin and some other languages, but rare in English) to show a certain interest felt by the person indicated Example. Ill rhyme you so eight years together, As You Like It, iii. 2. Syn …   Wiktionary

  • Ethical — Ethic Eth ic, Ethical Eth ic*al, a. [L. ethicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? custom, usage, character, dwelling; akin to ? custom, Goth. sidus, G. sitte, Skr. svadh?, prob. orig., one s own doing; sva self + dh? to set: cf. F. [ e]thique. See {So}, {Do}.] Of,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ethic dative — ethical dative or ethic dative noun (esp in Greek and Latin) a dative implying an indirect interest in the matter, used to give a livelier tone to the sentence • • • Main Entry: ↑ethic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ethic — Eth ic, Ethical Eth ic*al, a. [L. ethicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? custom, usage, character, dwelling; akin to ? custom, Goth. sidus, G. sitte, Skr. svadh?, prob. orig., one s own doing; sva self + dh? to set: cf. F. [ e]thique. See {So}, {Do}.] Of, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dativo — (дательный падеж | datif | Dativ | dative | dativo) Античные грамматики считали, что основная функция этого падежа – указывать на предоставление или предназначение (лат. dativus = гр. dotikê ptôsis). По отношению к лицу, название которого стоит в …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • myself — (pron.) c.1500, alteration of meself, from O.E. phrase (ic) me self, where me is a kind of ethical dative [OED], altered in Middle Ages from meself on analogy of herself, with her felt as genitive; though analogous hisself remains bad form …   Etymology dictionary

  • Tamil language — Tamil தமிழ் tamiḻ Pronunciation [t̪ɐmɨɻ] Spoken in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, where it has offi …   Wikipedia

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