auctoritas etymology

Latin word auctoritas comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂weg-, and later Proto-Italic *augeō (To enlarge. To increase.)

Detailed word origin of auctoritas

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₂weg- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*h₂owg-éye- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*augeō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) To enlarge. To increase.
augeo Latin (lat) (figuratively) I exalt, praise. I enlarge, spread, expand. I exaggerate. I honor, enrich. I increase, augment. I lengthen.
auctus Latin (lat) Ample. Enlarged. Enriched.
auctor Latin (lat) (Medieval Latin) one who gives increase (hence: an originator, causer, doer, founder). (figuratively) authorship, agency, encouragement. (poetic) the Creator, God. Author. Seller, vendor.
auctoritas Latin (lat) Influence, authority, prestige, reputation. Influential person. Legal title. Power conferred, decree, order, rights, command. Responsibility, opinion, judgment. Sanction, political sanction. Support, backing. Warrant.

Words with the same origin as auctoritas

Descendants of *h₂weg-
auctor augustus auxilio auxilium