Communication etymology


English word communication comes to English via Old French communicacion and ultimately from Latin communicatio (which also meant communication), which derives via the Latin verb communico (communicate, share) from the Latin adjective communis (common, commonplace)

Etymology of communication

Detailed word origin of communication

Dictionary entry Language Definition
communis Latin (lat) (grammar) having both qualities of a subdivided category, such as a verb with both an active and a passive meaning, or a syllable being either long or short.. (of manners) familiar, accessible, courteous. Common, ordinary, commonplace, universal. Democratic; representing the common sentiment. Of or for the community, public.
communico Latin (lat) (figuratively) I contaminate, defile, communicate. (in giving) I impart, share. (in receiving) I share, partake, participate in. I join, unite, add, link, connect (to an equal part). I make common, bring into common use.
communicatio Latin (lat) Communication. Fellowship. Partaking. Sharing, imparting.
communicacion Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Communication (act, instance of communicating).
communication English (en) (anatomy) A connection between two tissues, organs, or cavities.. (obsolete) Association; company.. (rhetoric) A trope by which a speaker assumes that his hearer is a partner in his sentiments, and says "we" instead of "I" or "you".. (uncountable) The concept or state of exchanging data or information between entities.. A message; the essential data transferred in an act of communication.. A [...]

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