MORTAL, MORTALITY, MORTUARY, MURDER
Posted by Johannes on 5 August 2008
Etymology of mortal, mortality, mortuary and murder
The adj MORTAL (deadly, doomed to die) derives from the Latin mortalis (subject to death) from mors (death, gen. mortis), which is a transliteration of the Greek μόρος (moros; death) from the verb μείρω (miro; separate, split, divide; as the dead is separated from all the others).
α) μοίρα: fate, destiny, portion, degree [mira]
γ) μοιραίο: fate, doom, death, fatality [mireo]
μείρω (miro) -> μόρος (moros) -> mors (gen. mortis) -> mortalis -> mortal
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