A Valentine Word Wednesday: Amare, to love

Amo-LatinOn this Valentine’s Day 2018, let’s use it for a “Word Wednesday” and consider the Latin word for love, amare, with its common base forms ama and amo.

In the Dictionary of Latin and Greek Origins: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classical Origins of English Words (Barnes & Noble, 2000 –  co-authored by Bob Moore and Maxine Moore) we find this entry, along with this description and explanation of the word:

An AMAteur is one who plays for the love of the game rather than for money. When something is said to be AMAteurish, however, it is considered not only unprofessional but inept, inexpert, and inadequate as well.

…An AMOrous person is one who tends to fall in love; amorous or AMAtory literature is concerned with love. An AMOur is a love affair; to be enAMOred is to be inflamed with love. “We were enamored of the the colorful countryside.”

An AMOretto is a cherub or cupid. An inAMOrata is a female lover. An inAMOrato is a male lover [that is, in licit relationships]; if it is an illicit affair, he or she is a parAMOur [from the Greek preposition meaning one “beside or along side of” your true love].

We remember, of course, that God has the first, the last, and the best word on love, as revealed in His holy Word. Because He IS love, and manifested His love for us in Jesus Christ. Dwell on this love.

“O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.” Ps.31:23

“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” Song of Songs 2:4

“Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.” Song of Songs 8:6,7

“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jer.31:3

“I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.” Hos.14:4

“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.” Jn.15:9

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom.5:8

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.’ Eph.5:2

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” Eph.5:25

“And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:” I Thess.3:12

“Let brotherly love continue.” Heb.13:1

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” I Jn.3:18

“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 21

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Rev.3:19


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