dead language

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dead language

A language, such as Latin, that is no longer learned as a native language by a speech community.
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Noun1.dead language - a language that is no longer learned as a native language
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"
لُغَةٌ ميِّتَه
mrtvý jazyk
dødt sprog
holt nyelv
dautt tungumál
mŕtvy jazyk
kullanılmayan dil


(ded) adjective
1. without life; not living. a dead body; Throw out those dead flowers.
2. not working and not giving any sign of being about to work. The phone/engine is dead.
3. absolute or complete. There was dead silence at his words; He came to a dead stop.
completely. dead drunk.
ˈdeaden verb
to lessen, weaken or make less sharp, strong etc. That will deaden the pain.
ˈdeadly adjective
1. causing death. a deadly poison.
2. very great. He is in deadly earnest (= He is completely serious).
3. very dull or uninteresting. What a deadly job this is.
extremely. deadly dull; deadly serious.
dead end
a road closed off at one end.
ˈdead-end adjective
leading nowhere. a dead-end job.
dead heat
a race, or a situation happening in a race, in which two or more competitors cross the finishing line together.
dead language
a language no longer spoken, eg Latin.
ˈdeadline noun
a time by which something must be done or finished. Monday is the deadline for handing in this essay.
ˈdeadlock noun
a situation in which no further progress towards an agreement is possible. Talks between the two sides ended in deadlock.

to set a deadline (not dateline) for finishing a job.
References in classic literature ?
No," he said, "being a dead language, it grows in appropriateness.
Have you learned anything at Redmond except dead languages and geometry and such trash?
It is full of inscriptions in the dead languages, which fact makes me think Hercules could not have traveled much, else he would not have kept a journal.
The dead languages were taught with such thoroughness that an old boy seldom thought of Homer or Virgil in after life without a qualm of boredom; and though in the common room at dinner one or two bolder spirits suggested that mathematics were of increasing importance, the general feeling was that they were a less noble study than the classics.
No, sir--ladies do not often study the dead languages.
If it is to remain as it is, it ought to be gently and reverently set aside among the dead languages, for only the dead have time to learn it.
One of the traits of the new spirit is the inquisition it fixed on our scholastic devotion to the dead languages.
In Living With a Dead Language, she discusses her Vassar classes, classmates, professors, and lessons in Latin vocabulary and word etymology, grammar, syntax, and parts of speech, including the declensions of nouns, cases and moods of verbs, as well as poetry Two especially rewarding chapters are devoted to the writings of Virgil and Lucretius and their belief (and nonbelief) in an afterlife.
I took on more and more uninspiring freelance work and honed my gourmet cooking skills," she writes in her lovely new memoir, Living with a Dead Language.
Yes, this infamous dead language is still very much alive, and nowhere more so than in the halls of private schools.
Liggett's debut story is laden with mystical symbols, visions, personal powers, a dead language, earthy rituals, unexplained deaths, and the complicated hierarchy of an isolated community.
The editorial team made substantial revisions for the third edition of the dictionary of the newly discovered dead language Ugaritic.