Etymology: darebák

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Etymology: darebák

Postby Sova » 31-Mar-10 21:23

Does anyone know the etymology of the word "darebák?"
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Postby bibax » 01-Apr-10 0:10

The root of darebák is dar (gift, Greek dóron) from the verb dáti (to give, Latin dare).

The development is as follows:

dar = gift
darmo (darem) = as a gift, i.e without paying, gratis

hence the adjective daremný = worthless -> vicious

after a dialectical/colloquial change (like in písemný -> písebný):

darebný = villainous
darebák = villain
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Postby Sova » 01-Apr-10 0:46

Thanks!

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