Old Prussian


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Old Prussian

n.
The Baltic language of eastern Prussia that became extinct in the 1700s.

Old Prussian

n
(Languages) the former language of the non-German Prussians, belonging to the Baltic branch of the Indo-European family: extinct by 1700

Old′ Prus′sian


n.
the extinct language of the Baltic-speaking Prussians, attested principally in several religious texts of the 16th century. Abbr.: OPruss
[1870–75]
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Noun1.Old Prussian - a dead language of the (non-German) Prussians (extinct after 1700); thought to belong to the Baltic branch of Indo-European
Baltic language, Baltic - a branch of the Indo-European family of languages related to the Slavonic languages; Baltic languages have preserved many archaic features that are believed to have existed in Proto-Indo European
Translations
altpreußischprußisch
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An old Prussian saying goes: "Der Soldate / ist der beste Mann im Staate" -- the soldier is the best man in the state.
As for the attitude of the old Prussian elite, writes Clark, "the gap between noble circles and the National Socialist movement was narrower than has often been supposed.
Five distinct types are often identified: the first is the earliest unions bringing together Reformed and Lutheran churches in Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia in the 19th and early 20th centuries (the Old Prussian Union of 1817, later the Evangelical Church of the Union, in Germany).