Definition of summa in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsʊmə
, ˈsʌmə

noun (plural summae /-miː/)

chiefly archaic
A summary of a subject: the Wake is a summa of Joyce’s microtextual practice
More example sentences
  • Even the inquisitorial bishops and curia officials granted that he had written a virtual summa.
  • Work as distraction - that is the summa of Voltaire's wisdom.
  • His last major paper - ‘Classicism’, published or delivered in 1960, not long before his death - was his summa or summing up of a lifetime of reflection and argument.


early 18th century: from Latin, literally 'sum total' (a sense reflected in Middle English).

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