Accident etymology


English word accident comes from Latin cado, Latin caedo, Latin accidere, and later Latin accidens (Accident, circumstance (chance event).)

Etymology of accident

Detailed word origin of accident

Dictionary entry Language Definition
cado Latin (lat) (impersonal) It happens, occurs, befalls, comes to pass. I cease. I decay. I die. I fall.
caedo Latin (lat) Cut, hew, fell.. Defeat decisively (defeat with heavy losses to the enemy side).. Kill.. Strike, beat.
accidere Latin (lat)
accido Latin (lat) I begin to cut or cut into or through; fell, cut down.. I impair, weaken, shatter.. I use up, consume, diminish. (intransitive) I happen (to), take place, occur, befall.. (transitive) I fall down, upon, at or near; descend.
accidens Latin (lat) Accident, circumstance (chance event).
accident Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Accident (chance occurrence). Symptom (medical).
accident English (en) (euphemistic) An instance of incontinence.. (euphemistic) An unintended pregnancy.. (geology) An irregular surface feature with no apparent cause.. (grammar) A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, such as gender, number, or case.. (heraldry) A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms.. (legal) casus; such unforeseen, extraordinary, extraneous [...]

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