The translation the dictionary gave me was "Fraternitas Militaris, which I am not sure is correct. Can someone inform me if I am getting poor information and, what the correct translation would be?" I should note that the context of this is phrase is for a coin that I want to make for every Brother who has served as an officer (chancellor, vice-chancellor, scribe, treasurer, sergeant at arms) in the Fraternity.

  • Welcome to the site! A literal translation could be fraternitatis officialis, but literal translations are often uglier and less desirable. For a more appropriate answer with explanations, we'd need more context. What role does an "officer" have, exactly? Presumably this is not a government official appointed to oversee fraternities? – Cerberus Nov 5 '18 at 0:26
  • No. This is a Brother who has been elected to a leadership position to oversee various functions he is responsible for in the Fraternity. I would have liked to have one for each position, but funds dictate that I can only have a general coin for my Officers. – Max Gatzke Nov 6 '18 at 1:14

You might consider using sodalitas, rather than the quite rare, but still acceptable fraternitas. For 'officer' in the sense that you require, the best word from classical usage is probably praepositus.

Together, these would be used in the form sodalitati praepositus, literally 'officer for the fraternity'.

  • Are you suggesting praepositus or praefectus? – Draconis Nov 7 '18 at 16:21
  • I have corrected it! – Tom Cotton Nov 7 '18 at 16:23
  • So If I wanted to use fraternitas, would the acceptable form be fraternitati? To keep with the grammar of course – Max Gatzke Nov 7 '18 at 16:29
  • @Max Gatzke Yes. It's the dative singular that you need, which always ends in -itati for words like these, where the nominative endinding is -itas. – Tom Cotton Nov 7 '18 at 17:01

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