Meaning of accusative absolute in English:

accusative absolute


  • 1(In ancient Greek) such a construction involving the participle of an impersonal verb, equivalent to the genitive absolute.

  • 2(In German) an adverbial phrase formed from an accusative noun or pronoun followed by an (adjectival or non-finite verbal) adjunct.

  • 3(In post-classical Latin) a construction equivalent to, and used instead of, the classical ablative absolute.


Mid 18th century. In use with reference to the classical languages, after post-classical Latin accusativus absolutus.