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Latin

Interjection

ecce!

  1. see!, lo!, behold!, points out something with emphasis
    Quem quaero, optime ecce obviam mihi est.
    Behold! there comes he I was wishing for.
    Ecce hominum miserum.
    Behold
    Ecce autem video rure redeuntem senem.
    But look, I see the old man returning to the country.
  2. (mostly elliptical) here!, used to denote that something is present (confer the French voici)
    Quid cessamus ludos facere? Circus noster ecce adest!
    Why should we stop playing games? We have our theatre here!
    Quid me quaeris? Ecce me.
    Are you searching for me? Here I am.
    Ecce.
    Here I am.
    Ecce odium meum. Quid me vis?
    See here my aversion. What is it you want with me?
    Ecce tuae litterae de Varrone.
    Lo and behold, your letters about Varro!

Usage notes

  • This word is sometimes used in the middle of a clause.
    Audiat haec tantum—vel qui venit ecce Palaemon.
  • The interjection is particularly used in:
    • After objects mentioned or enumerations, to introduce a new one with emphasis:
      Consecuti sunt hos Critias, Theramenes, Lysias, etc. ... ecce tibi exortus est Isocrates.
      They followed Critias, Theramenes, Lysias, etc. lo there arises Isocrates to thee.

See also

By composition with ecce or em, behold! are formed eccum (for ecce eum), eccam, eccōs, eccās; eccillum (for ecce illum); ellum (for em illum), ellam, ellōs, ellās; eccistam. These forms are dramatic and colloquial.

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