Origin of English word AMITY

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The Indo-European “root” amma (various nursery words) reflects   the AHD’s belief that many words evolved from infant babble.  The  scientific law of etropy states that such words are the end, not the beginning,of the linguistic  process.  For those who imagine that adults give words to children,  Latin amare is to love.   AMITY means friendship, derived from French amitie and Latin amare (to love) and amo (passionate love). AMITY means friendship, derived from French amitie and Latin amare (to love) and amo (passionate love).  More beloved vowel-nasal cognates  below.

עמית [A]hMeeYT is a friend or associate (Leviticus5:21). Hebrew terms of friendly association like עם [E]eM (with, close to) and אם    OaM or   ע ם [A]hM (nation, people) connect to warmer, moore passionate words like  חמד [K]HaMahD (to desire – Exodus 34:24) and חמד [K]HeMeD (desire – I Samuel 9:20.  The desirous, forbidden fruit of Genesis 3:6 is from this   חמד Het-Mem-Dalet.

Warm or hot חם Het-Mem feeling is seen in words like:  חמה [K[HaiMaH (anger, burning fury – Deuteronomy 29:28), [K]HaMOATS (violent man – Isiah 1:17), [K]HaMahL (to pity, spare –Jeremiah 15:5),  [K]HaMa$ means violence, wrongdoing (Genesis 7:13) or cruel hatred (Psalm 25:19).  Hamas in Arabic, as in Gaza, means “zeal.”   חם [K]HaM is used for animals “in heat” – Genesis 30:39.

All this חם Het-Mem emotional warmth and passion comes from the physical Het-Mem heat of   חם  [K]HahM (Genesis 18:1)). See CALM.

Here is Het-Mem as a sub-root, (more below):  נחם    NaK[H]aM is to console oneself, to be comforted (Genesis 38:12). 1)  נח Noon-Het is to rest (Exodus 23:12), cease (I Samuel 25:9) and to appease or calm down (Ezekiel 5:13). 2)  חם Het-Mem is heat (Genesis 18:1) and  חמה   K[H]aiMaH is  hot anger (Deuteronomy 29:28).  Consolation is a cooling down.


AMATEUR is from Latin amator (lover). Other AMATIVE or AMATORY terms include AMI(E), AMIABLE, AMICABLE, AMIGO, AMOROUS, ENAMOR, ENEMY, and INIMICAL. The Indo-European “root” amma links these amatory terms to those of motherhood. In Hebrew there is:  EM (mother, later :womb),  [A]hM (people, nation, race).   Chinese amity is homu.

Returning to guttural terms like K[H]ahM (warmth, passion) and K[H]ahMOOD (lovable), reveals a better etymon for CHUM (intimate friend) than "probably a slang abbreviation of chamber". COMRADE is dismissed as a roommate the same way  – see  CAMERA.

A more intense friendship charges the word KAMA (desire, love, god of love), found in Sanskrit terms like KAMA SUTRA. The Sanscrit, Hindi's venerable ancestor, links up to Hebrew words like   כמה  KaMaH (to desire eagerly) and  KiMeeYHaH (yearning). Desired is hommo in Japanese.

ח-מ  Het-Mem extensions   like חמד K[H]aMahD (to desire -- Exodus 34:24; noun form above) and נחמד Ne K[H]'M aD (precious) allow Old Irish coim, coem (dear).    

Japanese Kami is the Shinto deity (the intimate, desired One) in the word KAMIKAZE. In ancient Japanese , kamau meant care .

While a universal God of Love fits the Judeo-Christian tradition, a word of desirous passion ([K]Hah    M) is deemed less appropriate than a term of broad warmth. Resh-Het-Mem (broad) and Het-Mem  (warmth) combine to form Re[K]HeM - the word for womb and mercy. See CLEMENCY.   Ha'RaK[H]aMahN is the Merciful One and womb of the world. God is a comforting mother in Isaiah66:13.

Love for the Maya Indians (yakuna) seems related to guttural-nasal heat.

Our KM term is reversed with Turkish love: mek. The KM term of desire is reversed  and doubled in Hawaiian (makemake), although ho'omahana does mean "to heat or warm."   

 The Hungarian womb is just meh. In related Finnish, himo is lust, and haamatka is a honeymoon. Our root goes from חם [K]HahM, hot to   חמד K[H]aMahD, desire, lust. 

When emotions overheat, you can get K[H]aiMaH (wrath, fury), or chim (anger) in Hmong (Cambodia, Vietnam).  Add a Noon before Het-Mem, for  the opposite of anger, as Ne[K]HaM aH   means consolation -- (Genesis 38:12). A harsher form of consolation is  נקמה NeQaMaH, revenge – (Numbers 31:2),  just as a Koof is a harsher guttural than a Het.   Only Latinate languages draw from Edenic warmth ( French amour, Italian amore, Spanish and Portuguese amor), as  German (Liebe) and Russian (lyubof) reach for the Edenic heart (LeBH – see LOVE) , while Swedish (karlek) and Finnish (reversing to rakkaus) are thinking “dear” – Edenic YaQaR (see CARE).

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