Origin of English word SECURE

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To SECURE is to make firm, fast or tight. Our loose reference books derive Latin securus from se (apart from) and cura (care). If one cares to pursue this etymology see the Hebrew source of CARE at CHERISH. Spanish “secure” – seguro -- correctly nails down the sound and sense. Edenic etymons include סגור $aGOOR (to close, lock, seclude - Leviticus13:5, 14:38) and  סכר $ahKaR (to close, dam). The GR element of SGR is tied up at GIRDLE.


SH[A]’AR or S(H)KR is a gate.  SECURE and “safe (from)” in German is sicher. Perhaps the CIGAR and CIGARETTE (rolled up tobacco) were influenced by terms like $iGOAR (enclosure, encasement). 

SECRET is only an –et suffix from  סגור SaGOOR.  A SECRET is made secure by locking it away or having it secreted away. Japanese “obscure” as usugari unlocked SECRET.  Secret things are closed, so OBSCURE may be related to SECURE – see OBSCURE.  People wanted tombs to be inaccessible and SECURED. German Sarg (coffin, casket) is an M132 metahthesis of Samekh-Gimel-Resh.  It was the key to the closed etymology of SARCOPHAGUS, see SARCOPHAGUS.  See SIEGE.

“To close” in a few languages seems to have traces of Samekh-Gimel-Resh/ $GR: Russian zakrit (S-F, S-G) ,  Finnish sulkea ( M132, S-G, S-L) and German schliessen (S-G, S-L). This would mean that German Schlussel  (key, similar in Yiddish)  means “the closer or locker.”

CLOSE itself, and CLOSETING something safely away, could be from סגור SaGOOR with   this same M231 with S-G, S-L. Even a CLAUSE means a CLOSED phrase. The Indo-European “root” of CLOSE, CLOSURE, RECLUSE and more is the tentative kleu – (possibly hook, peg). The “root” confirms a guttural-liquid element of closing.  Anglo-Saxon clysung (a CLOSING) need not come from Latin claudare (to close) or even Latin clauses, its past perfect.  The ST of a cognate like CLOISTER is a missing link that indicates some devolution from an original fricative ( like the Samekh of סגור SaGOOR)   to a dental like that in SECLUDE.

 In German “close,”  schlissel,   from  an M231 of   סגר   $aGaR, to close, there is the same unhistoric S before a guttural that we see in English.

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