I'm in the process of setting up a new reiki business and would like to have my motto in Latin. I have already translated the words with a dictionary and Google so just wanted to make sure that what I've got is right please?

Compassion, Love, Gratitude, Community. I have translated it as Misericordia, Amor, Gratia Cantus, Civitas. Apparently the word gratitude translates to Grace Singing, is this true? Any insight would be greatly appreciated, thank you

  • The idiotic machine has apparently "corrected" (grati)tude to "tune".
    – fdb
    Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 13:20

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Actually, what you came up with is not bad at all. You only need to leave 'Cantus' after 'Gratia' out since singing does not make any sense here. 'Gratiae' (that's the plural as 'gratia' as is rather means favoritism, as Figulus pointed out) alone does indeed mean 'gratitude' - that's where the English word comes from! 'Civitas' however rather means something like citizenship or state, so I would rather use communio which is identical to 'community' in its meaning.

  • I like your suggestion of communio for community. I'd say it's much better than civitas.
    – Figulus
    Commented Jun 24, 2020 at 4:13
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    I recommend changing gratia to the plural if you want it to mean gratitude rather than, say, favoritism. Misericordia, Amor, Gratiae, Communio.
    – Figulus
    Commented Jun 24, 2020 at 4:15
  • I totally agree, I'll change that. Commented Jun 24, 2020 at 19:26

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