pretium affectionis

noun pre·ti·um af·fec·ti·o·nis \ˈpretēəməˌfektēˈōnə̇s\

Definition of pretium affectionis


pretia affectionis

  1. :  a factitious value placed upon a thing by its owner because of some sentimental association or a whim

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Origin and Etymology of pretium affectionis

Latin, price of affection

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to criticize severely

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