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How would you translate “dark project” into Latin, as in a secret project? I know tenebris means dark, but I’m having trouble finding the word for “project.”

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I would suggest opus arcanum meaning "secret task/secret work."

Some abridged definitions from Lewis & Short:

Opus:

A. In gen., work, labor (cf.: “labor, ars, opera); B. Esp. 1. Work, art, workmanship 2. Of agricultural labor 4. Of literary labor II. Transf., a work that has been done or made.

Arcanum (neuter to match the gender of opus):

II. Hidden, concealed, secret, private (class., although very rare in Cic.) — “Esp., in the lang. of religion, of things sacred and incommunicable; “and of secret, mysterious usages: sacra,”; B. Spec., a sacred secret, a mystery

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    That has a nice ring to it! – Der Übermensch Mar 17 '17 at 2:03
  • @SimpliciterChristianus Well, obscurus was already taken! I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with for project, though. – C. M. Weimer Mar 17 '17 at 2:11
  • I think your answer is perfect, and opus would certainly be a synonym of our English “project.” :) The only other one I would offer is (based on your adjective arcanus) conatus, as in conatus arcanus. But yours certainly has a better ring to it. I like that adjective, arcanus. – Der Übermensch Mar 17 '17 at 2:35
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    @SimpliciterChristianus I wouldn't delete your answer though! The more the merrier, and you say things that I don't. – C. M. Weimer Mar 17 '17 at 2:47
  • @SimpliciterChristianus While Weimer's answer is good, yours is good, too. What yours has is an explanation of how the most obvious word, proiectus, probably did not have the desired meaning in classical Latin. I think it could be very helpful to (future) readers; it's such a pity that you deleted it! – Cerberus Mar 17 '17 at 3:14

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