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 (so͝om′ə, sŭm′ə)
n. pl. sum·mas or sum·mae (so͝om′ī, sŭm′ē)
A comprehensive treatise, especially in philosophy or theology.

[Medieval Latin, from Latin, the whole; see sum.]


n, pl -mae (-miː)
1. (Theology) medieval Christianity theol a compendium of theology, philosophy, or canon law, or sometimes of all three together. The Summa Theologica of St Thomas Aquinas, written between 1265 and 1274, was the most famous of all such compendia
2. rare a comprehensive work or survey
[C15: from Latin: sum1]


(ˈsʊm ə, ˈsʌm ə)

n., pl. sum•mae (ˈsʊm aɪ, ˈsʌm i) sum•mas.
a comprehensive work, esp. a philosophical or theological treatise, covering, synthesizing, or summarizing a field or subject.
[1400–50; < Medieval Latin; Latin: sum]


[ˈsʊmɑː] nsumma
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This edition and translation by Jan Herlinger, who has previously edited and translated Marchetto's Lucidarium and three of Prosdocimo's other treatises--Contrapunctus, Brevis summula proportionum quantum ad musicam pertinet, and Parvus tractatulus de modo monacordum dividendi--is ideally suited to the needs of modern scholars.
Cajetan, Summula de peccatis, verbo usura (Lugduni: 1523), 223b-224.