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Breves V


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Humum mandere
To bite the dust
A posteriori
From what comes after. Inductive reasoning based on observation, as opposed to deductive, or a priori
In first place
Suggestio veri, suggestio falsi
An intimation of truth, an intimation of falcity
In extenso
At full length
Hic jacet sepultus (HJS)
Here lies buried
Bona fide
Acting in good faith
Si tu id aeficas, ei venient. Ager somnia
If you build it, they will come
Ora pro nobis
Pray for us
Via media
A middle way or course
Qui me amat, amet et canem meum
Who loves me, loves my dog too
Nam et ipsa scientia potestas es
Knowledge is power. (Sir Francis Bacon)
Sartor resartus
The tailor patched
Noli turbare circulos meos!
Don't upset my calculations! (Archimedes)
Nil homini certum est
Nothing is certain for man. (Ovid)
Radix lecti
Couch potato
Uti possidetis
As you possess
Postatem obscuri lateris nescitis
You do not know the power of the dark side
Fortuna caeca est
Fortune is blind. (Cicero)
Dulce est desipere in loco
It is sweet to relax at the proper time
Summum ius, summa iniuria
The extreme law is the greatest injustice. (Cicero)
Spemque metumque inter dubiis
Hover between hope and fear. (Vergil)
Dente lupus, cornu taurus petit
The wolf attacks with his fang, the bull with his horn. (Horace)
Tum podem extulit horridulum
You are talking shit
Anno hegirae (AH)
In the year of the hegira
Alter ego
Other I or Other Self
Deo favente
With God's favour
Mutatis mutandis
The necessary changes having been made
Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit
Captive Greece conquered her savage victor. (Horace)
Cui dono lepidum novum libellum?
To whom do I give my new elegant little book? (Catullus)
Tempus edax rerum
Time is the devourer of things (time flies)
Nolle prosequi
Do not pursue
Nihil agere delectat
It is pleasant to do nothing. (Cicero)
In absentia
In one's absence
Nullum gratuitum prandium
There is no free lunch!
Fortes fortuna adiuvat
Fortune favors the brave. (Terence)
Qui bene cantat, bis orat
He who sings well, prays twice
Balaenae nobis conservandae sunt!
Save the whales!
Oderint dum metuant
Let them hate provided that they fear. (Seneca)
Let it stand
Ad multos annos
To many years!, i.e. Many happy returns!
In dubio pro reo
In doubt in favor of the accused. If there is a doubt about guiltiness, the judgement has to be in favour of the accused
Natale solum
Native soil
Abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit
He has left, absconded, escaped and disappeared
Pro et contra
For and against
Asinus asinum fricat
The ass rubs the ass. (Conceited people flatter each other about qualities they do not possess)
Sic volo, sic iubeo
I want this, I order this. (Juvenalis)
Hic et nunc
Here and now
In flagrante delicto
In the very act of committing an offence
Vulpem pilum mutat, non mores
A fox may change its hair, not its tricks. (People change behaviour but not their aims)
Ne cede malis
Do not yield to misfortune
Solum potestis prohibere ignes silvarum
Only you are can prevent forest fires
Non prosequitur
He does not proceed
Artium baccalaureus
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
In the time of
Cui bono?
For whose benefit is it? (a maxim sometimes used in the detection of crime) (Cicero)
Victoria Regina (VR)
Queen Victoria
Nvdvm pactvm
A nude pact an invalid agreement a contract with illusory benefits or without consideration hence unenforceable
In nuce
In a nutshell
Magnum opus
Great work, the major work of one's life
Bis in die (B.i.d.)
Twice a day
Deus volent
(as) God will
Deo vindice
God will prove us right. (motto of the Confederate States of America)
Ad majorem dei gloriam
To the greater glory of God
Ubi amor, ibi oculus
Where love is, there is insight
Volens et potens
Willing and able
In puris naturalibus
Completely naked
Non Gradus Anus Rodentum!
Not Worth A Rats Ass!
Philosophum non facit barba!
The beard does not define a philosopher. (Plutarch)
Si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit
If the end is good, everything will be good (all's well that ends well)
Habeas corpus
You must have the body", i.e. You must justify an imprisonment
Mens regnum bona possidet
An honest heart is a kingdom in itself. (Seneca)
Vae victis!
Woe to the conquered! (vanquished) (Livy)
Aliena nobis, nostra plus aliis placent
Other people's things are more pleasing to us, and ours to other people. (Publilius Syrus)
Commodum ex iniuria sua nemo habere debet
No person ought to have advantage from his own wrong
Sanctum sanctorum
The holy of holies
Excitabat fluctus in simpulo
He was stirring up billows in a ladle. (He was raising a tempest in a teapot) (Cicero)
Corpus delicti
The body of a crime. (The substance or fundamental facts of a crime)
Nihil est
Nulla regula sine exceptione
There is no rule/law without exception
Quod vide (Qv)
See this thing
Qui omnes insidias timet in nullas incidit
He who fears every ambush falls into none. (Pubilius Syrus)
Ad vitam aeternam
For all time
Ab absurdo
From the absurd (establishing the validity of your argument by pointing out the absurdity of your opponent's position)
Margaritas ante porcos
Pearls before swine. To give something valuable to someone not respecting it
Ivs est ars boni et aeqvi
Law is the art of the good and the just
Instrumentum aeri temperando
Ad maiorem dei gloriam (AMDG)
For the greater glory of God
Pactum serva
Keep the faith
Ex libris
From the Library (of)
Bis dat qui cito dat
He gives twice who quickly gives. (Publius Syrus)
Urbem lateritiam invenit, marmoream reliquit
He found a city [Rome] of bricks and left a city of marble. (Augustus)
Obscurum per obscurius
The obscure by means of the more obscure
He/she has lived
Verba movent, exempla trahunt
Words move people, examples draw/compel them. Deeds, not words, give the example
Amat victoria curam
Victory favors those who take pains
Quid agis, medice?
What's up, Doc?
We send (to prison)
Post hoc
After this
In futuro
In the future
In principio
In the beginning
Illegitimis nil carborundum
Don't let the bastards grind you down
Filius nullius
a bastard
Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Who watches the watchmen? (Juvenal)
Omnia vincit amor; et nos cedamus amori
Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love. (Vergil)
Ex hypothesi
From the hypothesis. (i.e. The one under consideration)
Fas est et ab hoste doceri
It's proper to learn even from an enemy. (Ovid)
Silent enim leges inter arma
Laws are silent in times of war. (Cicero)
Avarus animus nullo satiatur lucro
A greedy mind is satisfied with no (amount of) gain
Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit
Perhaps someday we will look back upon these things with joy
In camera
In private chamber
Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate
Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily
They go out
Quo iure?
By what law?
A cappella
In church [style]
Nosce te ipsum
Know thyself. (Inscription at the temple of Apollo in Delphi.)
Et uxor (abbreviated et ux.)
And wife
De mortuis nihil nisi bonum
Say nothing but good about the dead. (Chilon)
Gens togata
The toga
Si sapis, sis apis
If you are wise, be a bee
Ubi revera (Ubi re vera)
When, in reality
Ultima ratio
Last reason. The last resort
Aegrescit medendo
The disease worsens with the treatment. The remedy is worse than the disease
Ora et labora
Pray and work. (St. Benedict)
Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est
A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands. (Seneca)
Ad captandum vulgus
To appeal to the crowd
Lupus est homo homini
Man is wolf to man
Laudant illa, sed ista legunt
Some (writing) is praised, but other is read. (Martialis)
Hannibal ante portas!
Hannibal is at the doors! The enemy/danger is at the doors!
Infinitus est numerus stultorum
Infinite is the number of fools
Noli me voca, ego te vocabo
Don't call me. I'll call you
Modus operandi (m.o.)
Way of operating
Virtvtis fortvna comes
Good luck is the companion of courage
Pars maior lacrimas ridet et intus habet
You smile at your tears but have them in your heart. (Martialis)
Non erravi perniciose!
I did not commit a fatal error!
Cui peccare licet peccat minus
One who is allowed to sin, sins less. (Ovid)
Crescit amor nummi, quantum ipsa pecunia crevit
The love of wealth grows as the wealth itself grew. (Juvenalis)
Musica delenit bestiam feram
Music soothes the savage beast
Nemo sine vitio est
No one is without fault. (Seneca the Elder)
Vive hodie
Live today (not tomorrow)
Concordia discors
Discordant harmony
Sensu lato
Broadly speaking
Pro di immortales!
Good Heavens!
An nescis, mi fili, quantilla sapientia mundus regatur?
Don't you know then, my son, how little wisdom rules the world?
Da mihi sis bubulae frustrum assae, solana tuberosa in modo gallico fricta, ac quassum lactatum coagulatum crassum
Give me a hamburger, french fries, and a thick shake
Alter ipse amicus
A friend is another self
De die in diem
From day to day
Me transmitte sursum, caledoni!
Beam me up, Scotty!
Fugit hora
The hour flies
Regnat non regitur qui nihil nisi quod vult facit
He is a king and not a subject who does only what he wishes. (Syrus)
Dimidium facti qui coepit habet
Half is done when the beginning is done. (Horace)
Non est mea culpa
It's not my fault
Particeps criminis
Partner in crime
Munit haec et altera vincit
One defends and the other conquers
Omne ignotum pro magnifico est
We have great notions of everything unknown. (Tacitus)
Ne feceris ut rideam
Don't make me laugh
Caro putridas es!
You're dead meat
Facito aliquid operis, ut te semper diabolus inveniat occupatum
Always do something, so that the devil always finds you occupied. (St. Jerome)
Salva veritate
With truth preserved
Things to be done
Velle est posse
To be willing is to be able
Difficile est saturam non scribere
It is hard not to write satire. (Juvenalis)
Magna charta
Great paper
By way of
Scilicet (Sc.)
That is to say
Locus desperatus
A hopeless passage
Quad nesciunt eos non interficiet
What they don't know won't kill them
Naturally; without qualification
Ipse dixit
He himself said it. (Cicero)
Videlicet (viz.)
That is to say; To wit; Namely
Eram quod es, eris quod sum
I was what you are, you will be what I am. (grave inscription)
Integer vitae scelerisque purus
Blameless of life and free from crime
Melius est praevenire quam praeveniri
Better to forestall than to be forestalled
Antiquis temporibus, nati tibi similes in rupibus ventosissimis exponebantur ad necem
In the good old days, children like you were left to perish on windswept crags
Caveat emptor
Let the buyer beware. (He buys at his own risk)
In partibus infidelium
In parts inhabited by unbelievers
Aura popularis
The popular breeze. (Cicero)
Aut disce aut discede
Either learn or leave
Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui
Beware what you say, when, and to whom
Post bellum
After the war
Si vis pacem, para bellum
If you want peace, prepare for the war. (Vegetius)
Lapsus nivium!
Variatio delectat
There's nothing like change! (Cicero)
Sine prole (Sp)
Without issue
Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum
No man by fearing reaches the top. (Syrus)
Suo jure
In one's rightful place
Nescio quid dicas
I don't know what you're talking about
Totidem verbis
In so many words
Risus abundat in ore stultorum
Abundant laughs in the mouth of the foolish
Mens sana in corpore sano
A sound mind in a sound body. (Juvenalis)
Pro tanto
So far
Hic puer est stultissimus omnium!
This boy is the stupidest of all!
Ex abrupto
Without preparation
Vitiis nemo sine nascitur

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