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    Thanksgiving - etymology

    I'm just wondering if the word "Thanksgiving" and any of its variation (thanks, give, gratitude, etc.) has either a Latin or Greek origin? The only one I was able to find was the Greek word "Eucharisteo" which means Eucharist, is this the only closest connection?

    -MG
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    Re: Thanksgiving - etymology

    I'm pretty sure "thank" is of Germanic origin, related to the German "danke". "Give" is likely Germanic, also, as are many single syllable words.
    Jennifer

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      Re: Thanksgiving - etymology

      Gratitude of course is from Latin: gratia, grace, favor, influence; gratiae, thanks; gratus, thankful, grateful; and gratitudo, a medieval word, gratitude. One prominent example of a public thanksgiving in ancient Rome was a supplicatio, as for example the ones in honor of a triumphant commander like Julius Caesar. The temples were opened and people gathered to pray and express thanks for victory.

      A Thanksgiving symbol that comes to mind is the cornucopia, Latin for a horn of plenty.

      Yes, I think that the word thanks is more related to German danke. Giving is also Germanic in origin, from the verb geben, give.

      Incidentally, Cicero wrote that a thankful heart was not only the greatest virtue, but also the mother of all other virtues.

      Bonnie
      Last edited by Bonnie; 11-14-2018, 08:57 PM.

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