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Irregular Comparison.


Several adjectives have in their comparison irregular forms: -

bonus, good; melior, better; optimus, best.
malus, bad; peior, worse; pessimus, worst.
mágnus, great; maior, greater; maximus, greatest.
parvus, small; minor, less; minimus, least.
multus, much; plús (N.) (§ 120), more; plúrimus, most.
multí, many; plúrés, more; plúri, most.
néquam (indecl., § 122. b), worthless; néquior; néquissimus.
frúgí (indecl., § 122. b), useful, worthy; frúgálior; frúgálissimus.
dexter, on the right, handy; dexterior; dextimus.

NOTE: These irregularities arise from the use of different stems (cf. § 127). The frúgálior and frúgálissimus are formed from the stem frúgáli-, but are used as the comparative and superlative of the indeclinable frúgí.