A census giving consensus for consent?
August 13, 2011 4:12 PM Subscribe
Etymology Question: Relationships of modern word consensus
to Latin consensus
from (pre-Latin?) sent
? Specifically, is censor
in there somewhere as a predecessor or descendant?
posted by Phyltre to Writing & Language (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've spent some time toddling around on this and getting myself confused with the See Also listings. I'm trying to determine if there's any relationship between the Latin consensus with its older con-sent roots, and the idea of the census/censor. Also whether one precedes the other, or if they're just separate words that happen to wane homonymical whilst occupying similar ideas.
Could anyone shed some light as comprehensively as reasonable? It's getting rather dark over here...