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Inhumanitas omni aetate molesta est
Inhumanity is harmful in every age. (Cicero)
Nervos belli, pecuniam. (Nervus rerum.)
The nerve of war, money. (The nerve of things.) (Cicero)
Locus standi
The right to be heard in court
Pro tempore (pro tem.)
For the time being
Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
I will either find a way or make one
De asini vmbra disceptare
To argue about the shadow of an ass. (petty things for petty mind)
Exterioris pagina puella
Cover Girl
Volvptates commendat rarior vsvs
Infrequent use commends pleasure. (moderation in all things)
O tempora, O mores!
Oh, the times! Oh, the morals! (Cicero)
Suggestio falsi
Suggestion of something false
Noli nothis permittere te terere
Don’t let the bastards get you down
Deo adiuvante
With God's help
Sapere aude!
Dare to be wise! (Horace)
Nomen est omen
The name is the sign
Ratio et consilium propriae ducis artes
Reason and deliberation are the proper skills of a general
Via dolorosa
The Way of Sorrow
Natura in minima maxima
Nature is the greatest in the smallest things
Ex officio
By virtue of his office
Quique amavit, cras amet
May he love tomorrow who has never loved before;
Age quod agis
Do what you do well, pay attention to what you are doing
Lingua franca
French tongue
Quaque mane (Qm)
Every morning
Fidei defensor
Defender of the faith
Caeli enarrant gloriam dei
The heavens declare the glory of God
Facilius per partes in cognitionem totius adducimur
We are more easily led part by part to an understanding of the whole. (Seneca)
Of whom
Pulvis et umbra sumus
We are dust and shadow. (Horace)
Ceteris paribus
All else being equal
Elizabeth Regina/Eduardus Rex (E.R.)
Queen Elizabeth/King Edward
He/she wrote it
Revelare pecunia!
Show me the money!
Quo ad hoc
As much as this (to this extent)
Veritas vos liberabit
The truth will set you free
In loco
In the place of
Sub poena
Under penalty of law
Primum non nocere
The first thing is to do no harm. (Hippocratic oath)
Vive vt vivas
Live that you may live
It pleases
Intelligo me intelligere
I understand that I understand. (St. Augustine)
Vrbi et orbi
To the city and to the world. (preface of Papal documents)
Totum dependeat!
Let it all hang out!
Conditio sine qua non
Condition without which not, or an essential condition or requirement
In dubiis non est agendum
In dubious cases, you should not act
Loquitur (Loq.)
He/she speaks
Et tu, brute!
You too, Brutus! Even you have betrayed me! (Caesar's last words)
Non, mihi ignosce, credo me insequentem esse
No, excuse me, I believe I'm next
Inter arma silent leges
In time of war, laws are silent
Inter canum et lupum
Between a dog and a wolf
Non serviam
I will not serve
Inter nos
Between ourselves
Sumptus censum ne superet
Let not your spending exceed your income (live within your means)
Pretium iustum est
The Price is Right
Sine die
Without a day (being set)
Omnes aequo animo parent ubi digni imperant
All men cheerfully obey where worthy men rule. (Syrus)
Homo nudus cum nuda iacebat
Naked they lay together, man and woman
In libris libertas
In books (there is) freedom
Vir bonus, dicendi peritus
A good man, skilled in speaking. (definition of an orator) (Cato the Elder)
De profundis
Up from the depths (of misery)
Mvndvs vvlt decipi
The world wishes to be deceived there's a sucker born every minute
Pater familias
Father of the family
Necesse est multos timeat quem multi timent
He must fear many, whom many fear. (Laberius)
Ventis secundis, tene cursum
Go with the flow
Iunctis viribus
By united efforts
Quod differtur, non aufertur
That which is postponed is not dropped. Inevitable is yet to happen. (Sir Thomas More)
Vacca, vacca, vacca
Cow, cow, cow
Orbes volantes exstare
Flying saucers are real
Sine sole sileo
Without the sun I'm silent. (sundial inscription)
Unitas mirabile vinculum
The wonderful bond of unity
Maximus in minimis
Great in little things
Ave caesar! Morituri te salutamus
Hail Caesar! We who are about to die salute you. (gladiators before the fight)
Dominus vobiscum
May the Lord be with you (Plural)
Una salus victis nullam sperare salutem
The one safety for the vanquished is to abandon hope of safety knowing there is no hope can give one the courage to fight and win
Cogito sumere potum alterum
I think I'll have another drink
Frater, ave atque vale
Brother, hello and good
Millennium (millennia)
A thousand year period
Prescriptio in manibus tabellariorium est
The check is in the mail
Memorable things
Fiat volvntas tva
Let Thy will [be done] (Biblical)
Vale, lacerte!
See you later, alligator!
Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum europe vincendarum
Sometimes I get this urge to conquer large parts of Europe
Probae esti in segetem sunt deteriorem datae fruges, tamen ipsae suaptae enitent
A good seed, planted even in poor soil, will bear rich fruit by its own nature. (Accius)
A delay
In perpetuum
To all time
Te audire non possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure
I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear
Terminus ad quem
The end to which
Ultimo (ult.)
Of the previous month
Semper paratus
Always prepared
Cedo maiori
I yield to a greater person
Nemo dat quod non habet
No one gives what he does not have
Non teneas aurum totum quod splendet ut aurum
Do not take as gold everything that shines like gold
Magnas inter oper inops
A pauper in the midst of wealth. (Horace)
I have spoken. (I will say no more on the matter, and no one else may speak further)
Tempus neminem manet
Time waits for no one
Corpus christi
The body of Christ
Verbum sapienti satis est
A word to the wise is sufficient. Enough said
Dum vita est spes est
While life is, hope is. / While there is life there is hope
Lex malla, lex nulla
A bad law is no law. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Id imperfectum manet dum confectum erit
It ain't over until it's over
Vita sine libris mors est
Life without books is death
Per capita
Per head
Quidvis Recte Factum Quamvis Humile Praeclarum
Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble
Iure divino
By divine law
Ventis secundis, tene/tenete cursum
The winds being favorable, hold the course
One after another in order
Opus dei
The work of God
Urbi et orbi
To the city [Rome] and to the globe
Cum tacent, clamant
When they remain silent, they cry out. (Their silence speaks louder than words) (Cicero)
Vade in pace
Go in peace. (Roman way of saying goodbye)
Nemo repente fuit turpissimus
No one ever became thoroughly bad in one step. (Juvenal)
Ex gratia
Purely as a favour
Laus Deo
Praise be to God
Vltima ratio regvm
The final argument of kings. (motto of Louis XIV on his cannon)
Anno mundi
In the year of the world
Tam diu minime visu!
Long time, no see!
I have decreed
Uti, non abuti
To use, not abuse
Victis honor
Honour to the vanquished
Beach bum
Nemo ante mortem beatus
Nobody is blessed before his death. We never know what is future preparing for us!
Rident stolidi verba latina
Fools laugh at the Latin language. (Ovid)
Indulgentiam quaeso
I ask your indulgence
Viva voce
With living voice
Valui ad satanam in computatrum meum invocandum
I succeeded in summoning satan into my computer
Dulcius ex asperis
Through difficulty, sweetness
Pater Noster
Our Father. The first words of the Lord's Prayer in Latin
Trahimur omnes laudis studio
We are all led on by our eagerness for praise. (Cicero)
Credula vitam spes fovet et melius cras fore semper dicit
Credulous hope supports our life, and always says that tomorrow will be better. (Tibullus)
Pro nunc
For now
Ignotus (ign.)
Ars longa, vita brevis
Art (work) is long, but life is short
Heus, hic nos omnes in agmine sunt!
Hey, we're all in line here!
Quod licet Iovi non licet bovi
What Jupiter (supreme God) is allowed to do, cattle (people) are not
Perpetuum mobile
Something in perpetual motion
Pavesco, pavesco
I'm shaking, I'm shaking
Nullum crimen sine lege, nulla poena sine lege
No crime and no punishment without a (pre
Aqua fortis
Nitric acid
Delenda est carthago
Carthage must be destroyed
Arcana imperii
Secrets of the empire
Nihil est ab omni parte beatum
Nothing is good in every part. (Horace)
Diligentia maximum etiam mediocris ingeni subsidium
Diligence is a very great help even to a mediocre intelligence. (Seneca)
Simia quam similis, turpissimus bestia, nobis!
How like us is that very ugly beast the monkey. (Cicero)
Summum bonum
The highest good
Anno (an.)
Exitus acta probat
The outcome proves the deeds. (the end justifies the means) (Ovid)
Paucis verbis
In a few words
Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus
Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon. (This is the motto of Harry Potter's alma mater)
Nolite id cogere, cape malleum majorem
Don't force it, get a bigger hammer
Sciri facias
Cause (him) to know
Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis
The times change, and we change with them. (John Owen)
Hoc erat in votis
This was among my prayers
Tarditas et procrastinatio odiosa est
Delay and procrastination is hateful. (Cicero)
Hic jacet (HJ)
Here lies. (written on gravestones or tombs)
Pro se
On one's own behalf
Qvis cvstodiet iposos cvstodes
Who will guard those selfsame guardians? Don't assign a fox to guard the henhouse
In aeternum
For eternity
In pleno
In full
Te Deum
Thee, God
Diem perdidi
I have lost a day (another day wasted) (Titus)
Mea culpa
Through my fault
Absente reo
In absence of the defendant
Amoto quaeramus seria ludo
Joking aside, let us turn to serious matters. (Horace)
Qvae nocent docent
Things that hurt, teach. School of Hard Knocks
Quod bonum, felix faustumque sit!
May it be good, fortunate and prosperous! (Cicero)
Bis interimitur qui suis armis perit
He is doubly destroyed who perishes by his own arms. (Syrus)
Me oportet propter praeceptum te nocere
I'm going to have to hurt you on principle
Ab ovo
From the egg
Risu inepto res ineptior nulla est
There is nothing more foolish than a foolish laugh. (Catullus)
Pleno iure
With full authority
Per aspera ad astra
Through the thorns to the stars
Qvod erat demonstrandvm
[that] which has been demonstrated
Inter spem et metum
Between hope and fear
Mulier taceat in ecclesia
Let the woman be silent in church. (Paul)
Ubicumque homo est, ibi benefici locus est
Wherever there is a man, there is a place of/for kindness/service
In totidem verbis
in so many words
Pro memoria
For a memorial
Caeci caecos ducentes
Blind are led by the blind. Leaders are not more knowledgeable than the ones they lead
Amantes sunt amentes
Lovers are lunatics
Editio princeps
first printed edition
Dies non
Business free day
Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia
quam elenganter concinnatur!
Litterae humaniores
The humanities
Cogitationis poenam nemo patitur
Nobody should be punished for his thoughts
Crescite et multiplicamini
Increase and multiply
Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum
Let him who wishes for peace prepare for war. (Vegetius)
In rerum natura
In the nature of things
Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris
It is human nature to hate a person whom you have injured
Libenter homines id quod volunt credunt
Men gladly believe that which they wish for. (Caesar)
Nullum saeculum magnis ingeniis clausum est
No generation is closed to great talents. (Seneca)
Scio cur summae inter se dissentiant! Numeris Romanis utor!
I know why the numbers don't agree! I use Roman numerals!
Tertium quid
A third something
Ex parte
By only one party to a dispute in the absence of the other
Abusus non tollit usum
Wrong use does not preclude proper use
Rosa rubicundior, lilio candidior, omnibus formosior, semper in te glorior
Redder than the rose, whiter than the lilies, fairer than everything, I will always glory in thee
Si Deus pro nobis quis contra nos
If God is with us who is against us

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