30 July, 2017

The Primary Meaning of “Offero” in English-Latin Dictionaries

The following are extracts from the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1968), Cassell’s New Latin Dictionary (1969) and Langenscheidt’s Latin-English Dictionary (1961/1966), displaying the various connotations of the term offero

Offero is the word we see rendered as “offer” in the old English translations of 16/17th century theological works and also of the Reformed and Presbyterian confessionsthe Canons of Dordt (1618) was originally written in Latin, and there was also a Latin version of the Westminster Standards (1647) as well. Calvin also wrote a Latin publication of His Institutes of the Christian Religion as well as his polemic, Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God.

Notice that the PRIMARY meaning (NB. not the “only” meaning) of the word means “to present,” “to exhibit,” “to set forth,” “to bring or set before the attention of someone.”

Oxford Latin Dictionary (1968):

Cassell’s New Latin Dictionary (1969):

Langenscheidt’s Latin-English Dictionary (1961/1966):

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