This is the first time I ask a question here. I am trying to translate into latin the phrase "the desire of being loved (or praised, respected, etc.)". If what is desired were in active voice ("the desire of loving", for example), I would use a gerund: "cupido/desiderium amandi". But it is in passive voice, and there is no "passive gerund". How can I translate it? Is it correct "cupido/desiderium ut amer"? Thank you very much.

PS. In case it is necessary: in fact, it is for the translation of a prayer: "From the desire of being loved (praised, respected, etc.) deliver us, Lord".

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There is a prayer called the Litany of Humilty, which has passive forms like this: A desiderio, ut lauder, libera me Domine (from the desire of being praised, free me O Lord.)

If you replace lauder with amer, I think you'll have something close to what you want.

  • Thank you very much. In fact this is the prayer that I'm trying to translate into latin, but the problem is that the latin text you give is not the original, but a very recent translation, and I am unsure whether that is correct.
    – Juan G. C.
    Oct 15, 2022 at 12:06

You are right that there is no such thing as a passive gerund, but there is the gerundive, which is always passive. Desiderium ad me amandum or Desiderium ad me amandam may work for you.

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    Thank you very much. But wouldn't "Desiderium ad me amandum" mean "the desire of loving myself"? The subject of "amandum" wouls still be the one who desires.
    – Juan G. C.
    Oct 17, 2022 at 17:04
  • @JuanG.C. An interesting point. Perhaps we are going about this all wrong and should try an approach which does not need desiderio. Would ab desiderando amari be at all idiomatic?
    – Figulus
    Oct 18, 2022 at 4:07
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    You are probably right. I can't see anything wrong with that construction, but I want to be sure. Perhaps I will create another question about it.
    – Juan G. C.
    Oct 18, 2022 at 17:50

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