Definition 2023






  1. now



From num + -ce, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *nuH (now), see also Scots noo (now), Saterland Frisian nu (now), West Frisian no (now), Dutch nu, nou (now), German nu, nun (now), Swedish nu (now), Icelandic (now), Latin num (even now, whether), Albanian ni (now), Lithuanian (now), Avestan 𐬥𐬏 (, now), Sanskrit नु (nu, now).


(Classical) IPA(key): /nunk/, [nʊŋk]


nunc (not comparable)

  1. now
    • 63 BCE, Cicero, Catiline Orations (Latin text and English translations here)
      Quam diu quisquam erit qui te defendere audeat, vives, et vives ita ut nunc vivis, multis meis et firmis praesidiis obsessus ne commovere te contra rem publicam possis. Multorum te etiam oculi et aures non sentientem, sicut adhuc fecerunt, speculabuntur atque custodient.
      As long as one person exists who can dare to defend you, yet shall live; but you shall live as you do now, surrounded by my many and trusty guards, so that you shall not be able to stir one finger against the republic: many eyes and ears shall still observe and watch you, as they have hitherto done, though you shall not perceive them.
    • Ave Maria — Hail Mary
      ...nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae., and in the hour of our death.

Usage notes

"Nunc" always means the literal present or "now"; the other use of "now" is usually translated "iam".

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