Friday, March 13, 2009

a.d. III Id. Mar.

confer (cf.)
Literal translation: compare

In an English sentence: In my dictionary, the definition of the word “benevolent” is followed by the abbreviation cf. and the word “malevolent.” Cf. tells me that I should look up “malevolent” and compare the definitions of the two words.

The abbreviation cf. directs you to other entries in a dictionary. It is similar to the expression quod vide or vide meaning “which see” or “see.”

From Elizabeth Heimbach's book Latin Everywhere, Everyday

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