Bahasa Latin : Elementa Lingua Latinae I #Edisi Mengenangmu

Bahasa apa yang paling sulit bagimu? tanya seseorang kepadaku. Aku jawab bahasa yang paling sulit bagiku adalah bahasa LATIN. Mengapa demikian, karena aku sudah berbicara dengan beberapa orang Perancis, Polandia, Jerman, Belanda, Inggris  dan mereka mengajakkku berbicara dan aku mengerti karena sering mengucapkannya dan bercakap cakap dengan mereka.  Kebanyakan yang kukenang adalah para senior dan sesepuhku yang menjadi cikal bakal menuntut ilmu dulu di Jalan Bangau 60 Palembang Sumatera Selatan.

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Halaman depan Seminari ku (danieldepan12blogspot.com)

Terus kenapa bahasa Latin tersulit? Pertama karena jarang diucapkan dan digunakan dalam percakapan dan parahnya bahasa tersebut merupakan bahasa yang sudah “mati”. Ingat waktu Father Kohl  SCJ yang dari Belanda pernah mengatakan bahwa bahasa Latin adalah induk dari bahasa Eropa. Jadi kalau menguasai bahasa Latin “mudah mudahan dijamin” bisa menguasai bahasa di Eropa. Ada benarnya mungkin, namun memang dari beberapa bahasa di Eropa mungkin banyak berasal dari bahasa Latin.

Tapi baiklah mungkin itu tak penting. Mengenang masa masa itu betapa sulitnya belajar Bahasa Latin selalu menggelitikku. Ingat sindiran dari beberapa guru karena Bahasa Latin dan Inggris dapat nilai bagus tapi Bahasa Jawa nilainya jeblok. Bahasa sendiri malah justru tak dikuasai apalagi kalau sudah diminta menuliskan Ha Na Ca Ra Ka lengkap dengan aksaranya.

Nah kenapa Bahasa Latin bagiku cukup sulit, selain karena nilai Jeblok. Memang bahasa ini sekarang hanya digunakan dalam bahasa bahasa ilmiah dan nama nama latin untuk berbagai nama Satwa dan Flora serta hal hal lainnya. Karenanya ga salah untuk kembali menengok pelajaran tersebut sekaligus mengenang masa masa di negeri mpek mpek Palembang:

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Jembatan Ampera dari Dermaga Boom Baru (Foto: Hendricus Widiantoro)

Seminari Santo Paulus Palembang merupakan sebuah sejarah dan juga sebuah tempat untuk belajar bagi kami. Salah satunya adalah tempat untuk belajar bahasa Latin. Bahasa ini memang sudah jarang dipakai namun tak ada salahnya masih mempelajarinya karena banyak hal hal bijak bisa dipelajari dari bahasa ini.

Pengantar Bahasa Latin

Bahasa Latin adalah bahasa yang mungkin kurang dikenal oleh umum. Melalui tulisan yang kusadur dari blog milik Freedom Bell ini bisa belajar Bahasa Latin dengan menggunakan buku “Elementa Linguae Latinae I” yang ditulis oleh J. Wanamaja, SJ dan Drs. K. Bramantojo, CM. Untuk mencari buku ini boleh dikatakan sangat sulit karena memang dicetak secara terbatas. Sepertinya juga tidak dijual umum. Jadi yang mengetahuinya pun terbatas.

Pengucapan huruf MATI secara umum pengucapan huruf dalam bahasa Latin dibaca seperti biasa, seperti huruf yang dibaca dalam teks bahasa Indonesia.Beberapa perkeculian yang ada:
HURUF C : diucapkan seperti huruf K yang diucapkan dalam kata kabar, kamar. Misalnya Clerus, cras, lac. Namun ada beberapa perkecualian, huruf C yang terletak di depan huruf ae, oe, e dan i misalnya caedes; coetus, cito, cemtum, dsb.

HURUF G : diucapkan sama seperti huruf G yang diucapkan dalam kata gading, guru, dsb.

Beberapa perkecualian dalam pengucapan huruf G, yaitu :

Huruf G yang terletak di depan huruf e dan i, diucapkan seperti dalam kata jiwa, jimat, jeblog; misalnya genus, gens, ager, deligere.

Huruf G yang terletak di depan huruf N, harus diucapkan seperti NY dalam kata nyata, nyaman, dsb; misalnya agnus; magnus, dsb.

HURUF S : diucapkan sama seperti dalam kata sudah, misalnya sudah, segar dsb. Beberapa kekeculian dalam pengucapan huruf S, yaitu huruf S yang terletak di depan ce… dan ci… harus diucapkan seperti SY… seperti dalam kata syarat, syahdu dsb. Misalnya scelus, scientia, dsb.

HURUF  MATI :

Diucapkan sama seperti dalam kata tidak, timur, tindik dsb. Beberapa percualian dalam pengucapan huruf TI yang diikuti vokal, maka hurut TI diucapkan seperti TS, misalnya : motio, altior dan tidak didahuli dengan huruf S, misalnya : ostium; iustior.

HURUF HIDUP.

Semua huruf hidup dalam bahasa Latin boleh dikatakan seperti dalam mengucapkan huruf hidup yang diucapkan seperti dalam teks bahasa Indonesia. Beberapa perkecualian dalam pengucapan huruf hidup, yaitu huruf hidup yang rangkap / vocal rangkap (tidak ada dalam bahasa Indonesia; misalnya ae, oe). HURUF HIDUP AE, OE keduanya tersebut diucapkan E seperti dalam kata lebar, lempar dsb; misalnya laetus, proelium, terrae, poena dst.
PENEKANAN PENGUCAPAN KATA.

Dalam bahasa Latin dan juga bahasa-bahasa Eropa mengenal penekanan kata dalam pengucapannya, tidak demikian dengan bahasa Indonesia. (Penekanan disini bukan penekanan kata sebagai intonasi untuk mempertegas). Dalam bahasa Latin penekakan katatidak diberikan pada suku kata yang terakhir.

Kata yang bersuku kata dua : tekanan diberikan kepada suku yang pertama misalnya : pater, mater, terra.
Kata yang bersuku lebih dari dua : tekanan diberikan kepada suku yang ketiga mulai dari kata dari akhir kata, misalnya : nominibus, mittimus, gloria, filius.

Pekecualian dalam pengucapan penekanan kata. Jika suku kata yang kedua dari akhir kata tersebut mengandung vokal yang panjang, maka suku kata tersebut harus diberi tekanan, misalnya amicus, laboris, libertatis, actionis.
PERHATIAN :
Vocal yang diikuti oleh dua huruf mati, maka penekananannya diucapkan selalu lebih panjang, misalnya: argentum, responsum.
Vocal yang diikuti oleh vocal lain, maka pengucapannya selalu pendek, misalnya : gloria, filius, actio.
Pada perkataan yang bersuku kata tiga atau lebih tekanan diperjelas dengan tanda “sejenis apostrof” di atas huruf tersebut, yang harus diberi tekanan. Mohon maaf pada blog ini tanda tersebut masih belum saya tampilkan.

TASRIF KOSAKATA BAHASA LATIN

Apakah yang dimaksud dengan TASRIF? Dalam buku yang saya baca memang tertulis tasrif bukan tafsir.
TASRIF adalah mengubah akhiran kata benda atau akhiran kata kerja disesuikan dengan posisi kata tersebut dalam kalimat.

MENASRIFKAN KATA KERJA / MENASRIFKAN KATA BENDA.

Dalam bahasa Latin, orang / siapa yang melakukan kata kerja (saya engkau, dia, kami, kamu, mereka) senantiasa dinyatakan dengan AKHIRAN kata kerja itu. Setiap akhiran kata kerja / kata benda selalu tidak selalu sama, melainkan selalu berubah sesuai dengan orang / siapa yang melakukan. Namun ada bentuk dasar yang senantiasa sama, yaitu bentuk DASAR kata.

DASAR kata Benda / DASAR kata kerja.

Contoh kata kerja : Laudare (1); memuji
Laudo : saya memuji
Laudas : engkau / kamu memuji
Laudat : ia memuji
Laudamus : kami memuji
Laudatis : kalian memuji
Laudant : mereka memuji

Contoh Kata Benda: delectare (1), menyenangkan
Delecto : saya menyenangkan
Delectas : kamu menyenangkan
Delectat : ia menyenangkan
Delectamus : kami menyenangkan
Delectatis : kalian menyenangkan
Delectant : mereka menyenangkan

Contoh KOSAKATA:
filia : anak perempuan mensa : meja
rosa : bunga mawar victoria : kemenangan
cena : makan malam regina : ratu
agricola : petani puella : cantik
terra : tanah incola : penduduk

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Catatan:
Dalam bahasa Latin Jabatan kata dinyatakan dengan AKHIRAN.
Pokok Kalimat Latin berakhiran – a (I)
Pelengkap Penderita berakhiran -am (I)
Kata TUNGGAL DAN JAMAK (lebih dari satu)
Dalam bahasa Latini, ini pun dinyatakan dengan Akhiran
Pokok/Subyek Tunggal Jamak – a (I)
Pokok/Subyek Jamak – ae (I)
Pelengkap Penderita Tunggal – am (I)
Pelengkap Penderita Jamak – as (I)
POKOK KALIMAT : SUBIECTUM
PELENGKAP PENDERITA : OBIECTUM
KATA BENDA YANG MENJADI POKO : NOMINATIVUS
KATA BENDA YANG MENJADI PELENGKAP PENDERITA : ACCUSATIVUS

Berbagai sumbur untuk belajar:
http://www.berbekalnafas.blogspot.com/
http://www.yuni.com/library/latin.html
http://www.latinsayings.info/
http://latinquotes.net
Latin Quotes and Latin Phrases – A
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A bene placito – At one’s pleasure
A capite ad calcem – From head to heel
A cappella – In church [style] – i.e. Vocal music only
A contrario – From a contrary position
A cruce salus – From the cross comes salvation
A Deo et Rege – From God and the King
A fortiori – With yet stronger reason
A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi – A precipice in front, wolves behind (between a rock and a hard place)
A mari usque ad mare – From sea to sea (Motto of Canada)
A mensa et thoro – From board and bed (legal separation)
A pedibus usque ad caput – From feet to head
A posse ad esse – From possibility to actuality
A posteriori – From what comes after. Inductive reasoning based on observation, as opposed to deductive, or a priori
A priori – From what comes before
A verbis ad verbera – From words to blows
Ab absurdo – From the absurd (establishing the validity of your argument by pointing out the absurdity of your opponent’s position)
Ab aeterno – From the beginning of time
Ab asino lanam – Wool from an ass, blood from a stone impossible
Ab hinc – From here on
Ab imo pectore – From the bottom of the chest. (from the heart) (Julius Caesar)
Ab incunabulis – From the cradle
Ab initio – From the beginning
Ab intestato – Having made no will
Ab origine – From the origin
Ab ovo usque ad mala – From the egg right to the apples (From start to finish) (Horace)
Ab ovo – From the egg
Ab urbe condita – From the foundation of the city. (Rome)
Ab/Ex uno disce omnes – From one person, learn all people
Abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit – He has left, absconded, escaped and disappeared
Absente reo – In absence of the defendant
Absit invidia – No offence intended
Absit omen – May the omen be absent. (may this not be an omen)
Absum! – I’m outta here!
Abusus non tollit usum – Wrong use does not preclude proper use
Abutebaris modo subjunctivo denuo – You’ve been misusing the subjunctive again
Abyssus abyssum invocat – Hell calls hell; one mistep leads to another
Accipere quam facere praestat injuriam – It is better to suffer an injustice than to do an injustice
Acta est fabula, plaudite! – The play is over, applaud! (Said to have been emperor Augustus’ last words)
Acta non verba – Action not words
Acta sanctorum – Deeds of the saints
Actus reus – Wrongful act – as opposed to mens rea – the wrongful intention or guilty mind
Ad absurdum – To the point of absurdity
Ad acta – To archives. Not actual any more
Ad alta – To the summit
Ad astra per aspera – To the stars through difficulty
Ad astra – To the stars
Ad augusta per angusta – To high places by narrow roads
Ad captandum vulgus – To appeal to the crowd — often used of politicians who make false or insincere promises appealing to popular interest
Ad clerum – To the clergy
Ad eundem gradum – To the same level
Ad eundem – Of admission to the same degree at a different university
Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit – To boldly go where no man has gone before
Ad fontes – To the sources (motto of Renaissance Humanism)
Ad fundum – To the bottom / To the end (said during a generic toast, like bottoms up!)
Ad hoc – For a particular purpose. (improvised, made up in an instant)
Ad hominem – Appealing to a person’s physical and emotional urges, rather than her or his intellect
Ad honorem – In honour. Honour not baring any material advantage
Ad idem – Of the same mind
Ad infinitum – To infinity without end
Ad interim – For the meantime
Ad libitum (Acronym ‘ad lib’) – At one’s pleasure
Ad Libitur – As Desired
Ad limina apostolorum – To the thresholds of the Apostles
Ad litem – For a lawsuit or action
Ad locum – At the place
Ad lucem – Towards the light (motto of the University of Lisbon)
Ad maiorem dei gloriam (AMDG) – For the greater glory of God
Ad multos annos – To many years!, i.e. Many happy returns!
Ad nauseum – To the point of making one sick
Ad perpetuam rei memoriam – For the perpetual remembrance of the thing
Ad praesens ova cras pullis sunt meliora – Eggs today are better than chickens tomorrow (a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush)
Ad referendum – Subject to reference
Ad rem – To the point
Ad valorem – By the value, e.g. Ad valorem tax
Ad vitam aeternam – For all time
Ad vitam paramus – We are preparing for life
Ad vitam – For life
Addendum – A thing to be added
Adeste Fideles – Be present, faithful ones
Adsum – Here! present!
Adversus incendia excubias nocturnas vigilesque commentus est – Against the dangers of fires, he (Augustus) conceived of the idea of night guards and watchmen
Adversus solem ne loquitor – Don’t speak against the sun (don’t waste your time arguing the obvious)
Advocatus diaboli – The devil’s advocate
Aegrescit medendo – The disease worsens with the treatment. The remedy is worse than the disease
Aegri somnia – A sick man’s dreams (Horace)
Aegroto, dum anima est, spes esse dicitur – It is said that for a sick man, there is hope as long as there is life
Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem – Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even. (Horace)
Aeronavis abstractio a prestituto cursu – Hijacking
Aetatis (aet.) – Age
Aeternum vale – Farewell forever
Affidavit – A sworn written statement usable as evidence in court
Age quod agis – Do what you do well, pay attention to what you are doing
Age. Fac ut gaudeam – Go ahead. Make my day!
Agenda – Things to be done
Agnus Dei – The Lamb of God
Aio, quantitas magna frumentorum est – Yes, that is a very large amount of corn
Alea iacta est – The die has been cast. (Caesar)
Alias – Otherwise
Alibi – Elsewhere
Aliena nobis, nostra plus aliis placent – Other people’s things are more pleasing to us, and ours to other people. (Publilius Syrus)
Alis volat propiis – She flies with her own wings (state motto of Oregon)
Alma Mater – Nourishing mother. (One’s old school or university)
Alter ego – Other ‘I’ or ‘Other Self’
Alter ipse amicus – A friend is another self
Alterum ictum faciam – I’m going to take a mulligan
Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi – The deepest rivers flow with the least sound. (still waters run deep)
Alumnus – Nursling (former pupil)
Amantes sunt amentes – Lovers are lunatics
Amantium irae amoris integratio est – The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love. (Terence)
Amare et sapere vix deo conceditur – Even a god finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time
Amat victoria curam – Victory favors those who take pains
Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore – I hope that the memory of our friendship will be everlasting. (Cicero)
Amicule, deliciae, num is sum qui mentiar tibi? – Baby, sweetheart, would I lie to you?
Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur – A true friend is discerned during an uncertain matter
Amicus curiae – Friend of the court
Amicus humani generis – A friend of the human race (philanthropist)
Amicus verus est rara avis – A true friend is a rare bird
Amor animi arbitrio sumitur, non ponitur – We choose to love, we do not choose to cease loving. (Syrus)
Amor caecus est – Love is blind
Amor est vitae essentia – Love is the essence of life. (Robert B. Mackay)
Amor ordinem nescit – Love does not know order. (St. Jerome)
Amor patriae – Love of country
Amor platonicus – Platonic love
Amor tussisque non celantur – Love, and a cough, are not concealed. (Ovid)
Amor vincit omnia – Love conquers all. (Virgil)
Amoto quaeramus seria ludo – Joking aside, let us turn to serious matters. (Horace)
An nescis, mi fili, quantilla sapientia mundus regatur? – Don’t you know then, my son, how little wisdom rules the world?
Anguis in herba – A snake in the grass. A treacherous person. (Vergil)
Anicularum lucubrationes – Old wives’ tales
Animadvertistine, ubicumque stes, fumum recta in faciem ferri? – (At a barbeque) Ever noticed how wherever you stand, the smoke goes right into your face?
Animis opibusque parati – Prepared in minds and resources (ready for anything)
Animus facit nobilem – The spirit makes (human) noble
Anno (an.) – Year
Anno domini (AD) – In the year of the Lord
Anno hegirae (AH) – In the year of the hegira
Anno mundi – In the year of the world
Anno regni – In the year of reign
Anno urbis conditae (AUC) – From the year of founding of the city (Rome)
Annuit coeptis – God has favored us
Annus bisextus – Leap year
Annus horribilis – A horrible year
Annus mirabilis – Year of wonders
Ante litteram – Before the letter
Ante meridiem (a.m.) – Before midday
Ante mortem – Before death
Ante prandium (A.p.) – Before a meal
Ante – Before
Antebellum – Before the war
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
Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus! – Let’s all wear mood rings!
Apage Satanas – Begone, Satan
Appareo Decet Nihil Munditia? – Is It Not Nifty?
Apudne te vel me? – Your place or mine?
Aqua fortis – Nitric acid
Aqua pura – Pure water
Aqua vitae – Water of life (brandy)
Aquila non captat muscas – The eagle doesn’t capture flies (don’t sweat the small things)
Arbiter elegantiae – Judge in matters of taste
Arcana imperii – Secrets of the empire
Arduum sane munus – A truly arduous task
Arguendo – For the sake of argument
Argumentum ad hominem – An argument against the man. Directing an argument against an opponent’s character rather than the subject at hand
Argumentum ad ignorantiam – Arguing from ignorance
Armis Exposcere Pacem – They demanded peace by force of arms. (An inscription seen on medals)
Ars gratia artis – Art for art’s sake. (motto of MGM)
Ars longa, vita brevis – Art (work) is long, but life is short
Ars sine scienta nihil est – Art without science is nothing. (I would also claim that the opposite is true)
Artium baccalaureus – Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Artium magister – Master of Arts (MA)
Ascendo tuum – Up yours
Asinus asinum fricat – The ass rubs the ass. (Conceited people flatter each other about qualities they do not possess)
Aspice, officio fungeris sine spe honoris amplioris – Face it, you’re stuck in a dead end job
Aspirat primo Fortuna labori – Fortune smiles upon our first effort. (Virgil)
Assiduus usus uni rei deditus et ingenium et artem saepe vincit – Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdues both intelligence and skill. (Cicero)
Astra inclinant, non necessitant – The stars incline; they do not determine
Astra non mentiuntur, sed astrologi bene mentiuntur de astris – The stars never lie, but the astrologs lie about the stars
Aude sapere – Dare to know
Audaces fortuna iuvat – Fortune favors the bold. (Virgil)
Audere est facere – To dare is to do. (Motto of Tottenham Hotspur)
Audi et alteram partem – Hear the other side too
Audiatur et altera pars! – Let us hear the opposite side!
Audio, video, disco – I hear, I see, I learn
Auget largiendo – He increases by giving liberally
Aura popularis – The popular breeze. (Cicero)
Aurea mediocritas – The golden mean. (an ethical goal; truth and goodness are generally to be found in the middle.) (Horace)
Auribus tenere lupum – I hold a wolf by the ears. (I am in a dangerous situation and dare not let go.) (Terence)
Aurora australis – The Southern lights
Aurora borealis – The Northern lights
Aurora Musis amica – Dawn is friend of the muses. (Early bird catches the worm.)
Aut Caesar aut nihil – Caesar or nothing i.e., all or nothing
Aut disce aut discede – Either learn or leave
Aut insanit homo, aut versus facit – The fellow is either mad or he is composing verses. (Horace)
Aut viam inveniam aut faciam – I will either find a way or make one
Aut vincere aut mori – Either conquer or die
Auxilio ab alto – By help from on high
Avarus animus nullo satiatur lucro – A greedy mind is satisfied with no (amount of) gain
Ave atque vale – Hail and farewell. (Catullus)
Ave caesar! Morituri te salutamus – Hail Caesar! We who are about to die salute you. (gladiators before the fight)
Ave maria – Hail Mary

B

Balaenae nobis conservandae sunt! – Save the whales!
Beata Virgo (Maria) – The Blessed Virgin (Mary)
Beatae memoriae – Of blessed memory
Beati pacifici – Blessed are the peacemakers
Beati pauperes spiritu – Blessed are the poor in spirit
Beati possidentes – The happy who possess. (possession is nine points of the law) (Euripides)
Beatus – The blessed one
Bella detesta matribus – Wars, the horror of mothers. (Horace)
Bella gerant alii – Let others wage war
Bellum omium contra omnes – Everyman’s struggle against everyman. (Thomas Hobbes)
Belua multorum es capitum – The people are a many-headed beast
Bene legere saecla vincere – To read well is to master the ages. (Professor Isaac Flagg)
Bene qui latuit, bene vixit – One who lives well, lives unnoticed. (Ovid)
Bene, cum Latine nescias, nolo manus meas in te maculare – Well, if you don’t understand plain Latin, I’m not going to dirty my hands on you
Bene – Good
Beneficium accipere libertatem est vendere – To accept a favour is to sell freedom. (Publilius Syrus)
Bibere venenum in auro – Drink poison from a cup of gold
Bis dat qui cito dat – He gives twice who quickly gives. (Publius Syrus)
Bis in die (bid) – Twice a day
Bis interimitur qui suis armis perit – He is doubly destroyed who perishes by his own arms. (Syrus)
Bis repetita placent – The things that please are those that are asked for again and again. (Horace)
Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria – He conquers twice who in the hour of conquest conquers himself. (Syrus)
Bis vivit qui bene vivit – He lives twice who lives well
Bona fide – In good faith. i. e. well-intentioned, fairly
Bona fides (noun) – Honest intention
Bona fortuna – Good luck!
Bona officia – Good services’s
Bonum commune communitatis – General welfare. Literally, common good of the community
Bonum commune hominis – Common good of man
Bonum vinum laetificat cor hominis – Good wine gladdens a person’s heart
Bovina Sancta! – Holy cow!
Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur! – Those green pants go so well with that pink shirt and the plaid jacket!
Braccae tuae aperiuntur – Your fly is open
Brevior saltare cum deformibus mulieribus est vita – Life is too short to dance with ugly women
Brevior saltare cum deformibus viris est vita – Life is too short to dance with ugly men
Brevis esse latoro obscurus fio – When I try to be brief, I speak gobbledegook
Brevis ipsa vita est sed malis fit longior – Our life is short but is made longer by misfortunes. (Publilius Syrus)
Busillis – Baffling puzzle or difficult point

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Cacoethes scribendi – An insatiable urge to write. (Juvenal)
Cadit quaestio – The question drops
Caeca invidia est – Envy is blind. (Livy)
Caeci caecos ducentes – Blind are led by the blind. Leaders are not more knowledgeable than the ones they lead
Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei – The heavens declare the glory of God
Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt – They change the sky, not their soul, who run across the sea. (Horace)
Caelum videre iussit, et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus – He bid them look at the sky and lift their faces to the stars. (Ovid)
Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris – If Caesar were alive, you’d be chained to an oar
Camera obscvra – Hidden room – an early photographic or painting technique utilizing optical pinholes
Canis meus id comedit – My dog ate it
Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet – A timid dog barks more violently than it bites. (Curtius Rufus)
Capillamentum? Haudquaquam conieci esse! – A wig? I never would have guessed!
Caro putridas es! – You’re dead meat
Carpe Cerevisi – Seize the beer!
Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero – Seize the day, trust as little as possible in tomorrow. (Horace)
Carpe diem – Seize the day. (opportunity) (Horace)
Casus belli – An act used to justify war
Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam – I have a catapult. Give me all your money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head
Casus belli – Event (that is the justification for, or the cause) of war
Causarum justia et misericordia – For the causes of justice and mercy
Causa mortis – Death Cause
Cave ab homine unius libri – Beware of anyone who has just one book. (Latin Epigram)
Cave canem, te necet lingendo – Beware of the dog, he may lick you to death
Cave canem – Beware of the dog
Cave cibum, valde malus est – Beware the food, it is very bad
Cave ne ante ullas catapultas ambules – If I were you, I wouldn’t walk in front of any catapults
Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui – Beware what you say, when, and to whom
Cave – Beware!
Caveat emptor – Let the buyer beware. (He buys at his own risk)
Caveat venditor – Let the seller beware
Caveat – Let him/her beware
Cedant arma togae – Let arms yield to the toga. (Let violence give place to law)
Cedo maiori – I yield to a greater person
Certamen bikini-suicidus-disci mox coepit? – Does the Bikini-Suicide-Frisbee match start soon?
Certe, toto, sentio nos in kansate non iam adesse – You know, Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore
Certum est, quia impossibile – It is certain, because it is impossible. (Tertullianus)
Cetera desunt – The rest is missing
Ceteris paribus – All else being equal
Christus rex – Christ the King
Cineri gloria sera venit – Fame comes too late to the dead
Circa (c.) – Approximately
Clamo, clamatis, omnes clamamus pro glace lactis – I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
Clara pacta, boni amici – Clear agreements, good friends
Codex Juris Canonici – Book of canon law
Cogita ante salis – Think before you leap, or look before you leap
Cogitationis poenam nemo patitur – Nobody should be punished for his thoughts
Cogito ergo doleo – I think therefore I am depressed
Cogito sumere potum alterum – I think I’ll have another drink
Cogito, ergo sum – I think, therefore I am. (Reni Descartes)
Commodum ex iniuria sua nemo habere debet – No person ought to have advantage from his own wrong
Commune bonum – The common good
Commune periculum concordiam parit – Common danger brings forth harmony
Communi consilio – By common consent
Compos mentis – Of sound mind (and judgement)
Concordia discors – Discordant harmony
Concordia res parvae crescent – Work together to accomplish more
Conditio sine qua non – Condition without which not, or an essential condition or requirement
Confer (cf.) – Compare
Confiteor – I confess
Congregatio de Propaganda Fide – Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith
Coniecturalem artem esse medicinam – Medicine is the art of guessing. (Aulus Cornelius Celsus)
Coniunctis viribus – With united powers
Conlige suspectos semper habitos – Round up the usual suspects
Consensu omnium – By the agreement of all
Consensus audacium – An agreement of rash men. (a conspiracy) (Cicero)
Consuetudinis magna vis est – The force of habit is great. (Cicero)
Consule planco – In the consulship of Plancus (In the good old days) (Horace)
Consummatum est – It is completed (Christ’s last words, John 19:30)
Contra felicem vix deus vires habet – Against a lucky man a god scarcely has power
Contra mundum – Against the world
Contraria contrariis curantur – The opposite is cured with the opposite. (Hippocrates)
Coram populo – In the presence of the people. (Horace)
Cornix cornici oculos non effodiet – A crow doesn’t rip out the eyes of another crow
Cornucopia – Horn of plenty
Corpus christi – The body of Christ
Corpus delicti – The body of a crime. (The substance or fundamental facts of a crime)
Corpus Juris Canonici – The body of canon law
Corpus Juris Civilis – The body of civil law
Corpus vile – Worthless body
Corrigenda – A list of things to be corrected. (in a book)
Corripe Cervisiam – Seize the beer!
Corruptio optimi pessima – Corruption of the best is worst
Coruscantes disci per convexa caeli volantes – Flying saucers
Cotidiana vilescunt – Familiarity breeds contempt
Cotidie damnatur qui semper timet – The man who is constantly in fear is every day condemned. (Syrus)
Crapulam terriblem habeo – I have a terrible hangover
Cras amet qui nunquam amavit; Quique amavit, cras amet – May he love tomorrow who has never loved before
Credidi me felem vidisse! – I tought I taw a puddy tat!
Credite amori vera dicenti – Believe love speaking the truth. (St. Jerome)
Credo elvem etiam vivere – I believe Elvis lives
Credo nos in fluctu eodem esse – I think we’re on the same wavelength
Credo quia absurdum – I believe it because it is absurd. (contrary to reason) (Tertullian)
Credo ut intelligam – I believe in order that I may understand. (St. Augustine)
Credula vitam spes fovet et melius cras fore semper dicit – Credulous hope supports our life, and always says that tomorrow will be better. (Tibullus)
Crescit amor nummi, quantum ipsa pecunia crevit – The love of wealth grows as the wealth itself grew. (Juvenalis)
Crescite et multiplicamini – Increase and multiply
Crimen falsi – Perjury
Crudelius est quam mori semper timere mortem – It is more cruel to always fear death than to die. (Seneca)
Crux – Puzzle
Cui bono? – For whose benefit is it? (a maxim sometimes used in the detection of crime) (Cicero)
Cui dono lepidum novum libellum? – To whom do I give my new elegant little book? (Catullus)
Cui malo? – Who suffers a detriment?
Cui peccare licet peccat minus – One who is allowed to sin, sins less. (Ovid)
Cuius regio, eius religio – He who rules, his religion
Cuiusvis hominis est errare; nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare – Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one
Cuivis dolori remedium est patientia – Patience is the cure for all suffer
Culpa – A sin
Culpam poena premit comes – Punishment closely follows crime as its companion. (Horace)
Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt – When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults
Cum grano salis – With a grain of salt. (Pliny the Elder?)
Cum homine de cane debeo congredi – Excuse me. I’ve got to see a man about a dog
Cum laude magnum – With great success
Cum laude – With praise
Cum tacent, clamant – When they remain silent, they cry out. (Their silence speaks louder than words) (Cicero)
Cum – With
Cur etiam hic es – Why are you still here?
Cura nihil aliud nisi ut valeas – Pay attention to nothing except that you do well. (Cicero)
Cura posterior – A later concern
Cura ut valeas – Take care
Curae leves loquuntur ingentes stupent – Slight griefs talk, great ones are speechless. (minor losses can be talked away, profound ones strike us dumb)
Curriculum vitae – The course of one’s life
Cursum perficio – My journey is over, or I finish my journey
Custos morum – Guardian of morals

D

Da mihi basilia mille – Kiss me with a thousand kisses
Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo! – Make me chaste and pure, but not yet!
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
Da mihi sis cerevisiam dilutam – I’ll have a light beer
Da mihi sis crustum Etruscum cum omnibus in eo – I’ll have a pizza with everything on it
Damnant quod non intellegunt – They condemn what they do not understand
Data et accepta – Expenditure and receipts
De asini vmbra disceptare – To argue about the shadow of an ass. (petty things for petty mind)
De bene esse – It shall be so, as long as it is well
De die in diem – From day to day
De duobus malis, minus est semper eligendum – Of two evils, the lesser must always be chosen (Thomas a Kempis)
De facto – Something that is automatically accepted
De gustibus non est disputandum – There’s no accounting for taste
De inimico non loquaris sed cogites – Don’t wish ill for your enemy; plan it
De integro – Repeat again from the start
De iure – By law. According to law
De minimis non curat praetor – The authority or king, or law does not care about trivial things
De minimis – With respect to trifles
De mortuis nil nisi bonum – Say nothing but good about the dead. (Chilon)
De nihilo nihil – Nothing comes from nothing. (Lucretius)
De novo – Anew
De profundis – Up from the depths (of misery)
De rervm natvra – On the nature of things. (title of Marcus Aurelius’s magnum opus)
Decrevi – I have decreed
Dei gratia – By the grace of God
Delenda est carthago – Carthage must be destroyed
Dente lupus, cornu taurus petit – The wolf attacks with his fang, the bull with his horn. (Horace)
Deo adiuvante – With God’s help
Deo favente – With God’s favour
Deo gratias – [We give] thanks to God
Deo Optimo Maximo – To God, the Best, the Greatest
Deo vindice – God will prove us right. (motto of the Confederate States of America)
Deo volente – God willing
Desunt cetera – The rest is missing
Deus absconditus – A god who is hidden from man
Deus commodo muto consisto quem meus canis sententia existo – Which, in a very ham-fisted way, with generosity, comes close to being
Deus et natua non faciunt frusta – God and nature do not work together in vain
Deus ex machina – A contrived or artificial solution. (literally, ‘a god from a machine’)
Deus Misereatur – May God Have Mercy
Deus vobiscum – God be with you
Deus volent – (as) God will
Deus vult! – God wills it! (Slogan of the Crusades)
Di! Ecce hora! Uxor mea me necabit! – God, look at the time! My wife will kill me!
Diabolus fecit, ut id facerem! – The devil made me do it!
Dic mihi solum facta, domina – Just the facts, ma’am
Dictum sapienti sat est – A word to a wise person is sufficient
Die dulci freure – Have a nice day
Diem perdidi – I have lost a day (another day wasted) (Titus)
Dies felices – Happy Days
Dies Irae – Day of Wrath, or Judgment Day
Dies natalis – Birthday
Dies non – Business free day
Difficile est longum subito deponere amorem – It is difficult to suddenly give up a long love. (Catullus)
Difficile est saturam non scribere – It is hard not to write satire. (Juvenalis)
Difficile est tenere quae acceperis nisi exerceas – It is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you should practice it. (Pliny the Younger)
Diis aliter visum – The Gods decided otherwise
Diligentia maximum etiam mediocris ingeni subsidium – Diligence is a very great help even to a mediocre intelligence. (Seneca)
Diligite justitiam, o judices terrae – Cherish justice, o judges of the earth
Dimidium facti qui coepit habet – Half is done when the beginning is done. (Horace)
Dira necessitas – The dire necessity. (Horace)
Discere docendo – To learn through teaching
Disiecti membra poetae – Limbs of a dismembered poet. (Horace)
Disjecta membra – The scattered remains
Divide et impera – Divide and conquer
Dixi – I have spoken. (I will say no more on the matter, and no one else may speak further)
Do ut des – I give so that you give back
Docendo discitur – It is learned by teaching. (Seneca)
Doli capax – Capable of crime
Domine, dirige nos – Lord, direct us
Domino optimo maximo – To the Lord, the best and greatest
Dominus illuminatio mea – The Lord is my light
Dominus providebit – The Lord will provide
Dominus tecum – May the Lord be with you (Singular)
Dominus vobiscum – May the Lord be with you (Plural)
Domus dulcis domus – Home sweet home
Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos – As long as you are fortunate, you will have many friends (when you are successful, everyone wants to be your friend)
Donna nobis pacem – Grant us peace
Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus – Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon. (motto of Harry Potter’s alma mater)
Dramatis personae – Characters of the play
Duc, sequere, aut de via decede – Lead, follow, or get out of the way
Ducator meus nihil agit sine lagunculae leynidae accedunt – My calculator does not work without batteries
Duco ergo sum – I calculate therefore I am
Dulce bellum inexpertis – War is sweet for those who haven’t experienced it. (Pindaros)
Dulce est desipere in loco – It is sweet to relax at the proper time
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori – It is sweet and glorious to die for one’s country. (Horace)
Dulcius ex asperis – Through difficulty, sweetness
Dum excusare credis, accusas – When you believe you are excusing yourself, you are accusing yourself. (St. Jerome)
Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatem – As long as we are among humans, let us be humane. (Seneca)
Dum spiramus tuebimur – While we breathe, we shall defend
Dum spiro, spero – While I breathe, I hope. (Cicero)
Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum – While we have the time, let us do good
Dum vita est spes est – While life is, hope is. / While there is life there is hope
Dum vivimus, vivamus – While we live, let us live (Epicurean philosophy)
Dura lex, sed lex – The law is harsh, but it is the law

E

E contrario – From a contrary position
E pluribus unum – From many, one (motto of the USA)
E re nata – As circumstances dictate
E vestigio – From where one stands
Ecce homo – Behold the man
Ecce signum – Behold the proof
Editio princeps – First printed edition
Ego et rex meus – I and my King
Ego me bene habeo – With me all is well. (last words) (Burrus)
Ego nolo caesar esse – I don’t want to be Caesar. (Florus)
Ego spem pretio non emo – I do not purchase hope for a price. (I do not buy a pig in a poke.)
Ego – Consciousness of one’s own identity
Eheu fugaces labuntur anni – Alas, the fleeting years slip by. (Horace)
Eheu, litteras istas reperire non possum – Unfortunately, I can’t find those particular documents
Eiusdem generis – Of the same kind
Elizabeth Regina/Eduardus Rex (E.R.) – Queen Elizabeth/King Edward
Emeritus – Honorary; by merit
Emitte lucem et veritatem – Send out light and truth
Ense et aratro – With sword and plow. (citizen-soldier, one who serves in war and peace)
Eo ipso – By that very act
Eo nomine – Under that name
Epistula non erubescit – A letter doesn’t blush. (Cicero)
Eram quod es, eris quod sum – I was what you are, you will be what I am. (grave inscription)
Ergo bibamus – Therefore, let us drink
Ergo – Therefore
Errare humanum est – To err is human. / It is human to err. (Seneca)
Errata – A list of errors (in a book)
Erratum (errata) – Error (errors)
Escariorium lavator – Dishwashing machine
Esse est percipi – Being is perception. (It is a standard metaphysical) (Mauser)
Esse quam videri – To be, rather than to seem (state motto of North Carolina)
Est autem fides credere quod nondum vides; cuius fidei merces est videre quod credis – Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. (St. Augustine)
Est deus in nobis – The is a god inside us
Est modus in rebus – There is a middle ground in things. (Horace)
Est queadam fiere voluptas – There is a certain pleasure in weeping. (Ovid)
Estne tibi forte magna feles fulva et planissima? – Do you by chance happen to own a large, yellowish, very flat cat?
Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre? – Is that a scroll in your toga, or are you just happy to see me?
Esto perpetua – Let it be forever
Esto perpetue – May you last for ever
Et alii/aliae – Other persons/things
Et cetera/etcetera (etc.) – And the rest
Et in arcadia ego – I, also, am in Arcadia
Et sequens (et seq.) – And the following
Et sequentes (et seq. Or seqq.) – And those that follow
Et sic de ceteris – And so to of the rest
Et tu, Brute – And you, Brutus
Et uxor (abbreviated et ux.) – And wife
Etiam capillus unus habet umbram – Even one hair has a shadow. (Publilius Syrus)
Eventus stultorum magister – Events are the teacher of the stupid persons. Stupid people learn by experience, bright people calculate what to do
Ex abrupto – Without preparation
Ex abundancia cordis, os loquitor – From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
Ex animo – From the heart (sincerely)
Ex ante – Before the event, beforehand. (economics: based on prior assumptions)
Ex cathedra – From the chair. With authority (without argumentation)
Ex cearulo – Out of the blue
Ex curia – Out of court
Ex dolo – Intentionally
Ex gratia – Purely as a favour
Ex hypothesi – From the hypothesis. (i.e. The one under consideration)
Ex libris – From the Library (of)
Ex luna, scientia – From the moon, knowledge. (motto of Apollo 13)
Ex mea sententia – In my opinion
Ex more – According to custom
Ex nilhilo nihil fit – Nothing comes from nothing
Ex officio – By virtue of his office
Ex opere operato – By the work having been worked
Ex parte – By only one party to a dispute in the absence of the other
Ex post facto – After the fact, or Retrospectively
Ex proprio motu – Voluntarily
Ex silentio – From silence. (from lack of contrary evidence)
Ex tempore – Off the cuff, without preparation
Ex uno disce omnes – From one person learn all persons. (From one we can judge the rest)
Ex vi termini – By definition
Ex voto – According to one’s vow
Ex – Out of
Excelsior – Ever upward. (state motto of New York)
Exceptio probat regulam de rebus non exceptis – An exception establishes the rule as to things not excepted
Exceptis excipiendis – Excepting what is to be excepted
Excitabat fluctus in simpulo – He was stirring up billows in a ladle. (He was raising a tempest in a teapot) (Cicero)
Excusatio non petita, accusatio manifesta – He who excuses himself, accuses himself (qui s’excuse, s’accuse)
Exeat – Permission for a temporary absence
Exegi monumentum aere perennius – I have erected a monument more lasting than bronze. (Horace)
Exempli gratia (e.g) – For the sake of example
Exeunt omnes – All go out. (A common stage direction in plays)
Exeunt – They go out
Exit – He/she goes out
Exitus acta probat – The outcome proves the deeds. (the end justifies the means) (Ovid)
Experientia docet stultos – Experience teaches fools
Experientia docet – Experience is the best teacher
Experimentum crucis – Critical experiment
Expressio unius est exclusio alterius – The mention of one thing may exclude others
Extempore – Without premeditation
Exterioris pagina puella – Cover Girl
Extinctus amabitur idem – The same [hated] man will be loved after he’s dead. How quickly we forget. (Horace)
Extra ecclesiam nulla salus – Outside the Church [there is] No Salvation. (A phrase of much disputed significance in Roman Catholic theology)
Extra territorium jus dicenti impune non paretur – The judgment (or the authority) of one who is exceeding his territorial jurisdiction is disobeyed with impunity
F

Fabas indulcet fames – Hunger sweetens the beans, or hunger makes everything taste good!
Faber est suae quisque fortunae – Every man is the artisan of his own fortune. (Appius Claudius Caecus)
Faber quisque fortunae suae – Each man (is) the maker of his own fortune
Fabricati diem – Make my day
Fac me cocleario vomere! – Gag me with a spoon!
Fac ut nemo me vocet – Hold my calls
Fac ut vivas – Get a life
Facile princeps – Acknowledged leader
Facilis descensvs averno – The descent to Avernus (Hell) it’s easy to fall, hard to rise
Facilius est multa facere quam diu – It is easier to do many things than to do one for a long time. (Quintilianus)
Facilius per partes in cognitionem totius adducimur – We are more easily led part by part to an understanding of the whole. (Seneca)
Facito aliquid operis, ut te semper diabolus inveniat occupatum – Always do something, so that the devil always finds you occupied. (St. Jerome)
Facta, non verba – Deeds, not words. (Actions speak louder than words)
Factum est – It is done
Fallaces sunt rerum species – The appearances of things are deceptive. (Seneca)
Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus – False in one thing, false in all
Fama crescit eundo – The rumour grows as it goes. (Vergil)
Fama nihil est celerius – Nothing is swifter than rumor
Fama semper vivat – May his/her fame last forever
Fama volat – The rumour has wings. (Vergil)
Fames est optimus coquus – Hunger is the best cook
Farrago fatigans! – Thuffering thuccotash!
Fas est et ab hoste doceri – It’s proper to learn even from an enemy. (Ovid)
Favete linguis – To keep a (religious) silence. (Horace)
Fax mentis incedium gloriae – The passion of glory is the torch of the mind
Fecit (fec.) – Made by
Feles mala! cur cista non uteris? stramentum novum in ea posui – Bad kitty! Why don’t you use the cat box? I put new litter in it
Feles mala! – Bad kitty!
Felis qvi nihil debet – Happy [is] he who owes nothing
Felix culpa – Happy fault
Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas – Happy is he who has been able to learn the causes of things. (Vergil)
Felo de se – Suicide
Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt – Men readily believe what they want to believe. (Caesar)
Festina lente – Make haste slowly
Fiat justitia (et ruat caelum) – Let justice be done. (though the heavens fall)”
Fiat lux – Let there be light
Fiat volvntas tua – Let Thy will [be done] (Biblical)
Fiat – Let it be done
Fide, non armis – By faith, not arms
Fidei defensor – Defender of the faith
Fides punica – Treachery. (Livy)
Fides quaerens intellectum – Faith seeking understanding
Fidus Achates – Faithful Achates (friend)
Filioque – And from the son
Filius nullius – A bastard
Finem respice – Look to the end [before setting forth]
Finis coronat opus – The ending crowns the work. (Ovid)
Finis – The end
Flagrante delicto – Literally while the crime is blazing. Caught red-handed, in the very act of a crime
Flamma fumo est proxima – Flame follows smoke. (there is no smoke without fire) (Plautus)
Floreat regina regina – May it flourish. (motto of the City of Regina, Saskatchewan Canada)
Floruit – Flourished
Fluctuat nec mergitur – It is tossed by the waves but it does not sink
Fons et origo – The source and origin
Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit – Perhaps someday we will look back upon these things with joy
Forsan miseros meliora sequentur – For those in misery perhaps better things will follow. (Virgil)
Fortes et liber – Strong and free. (Alberta)
Fortes fortuna adiuvat – Fortune favors the brave. (Terence)
Fortes fortuna iuvat – Fortune favours the brave
Fortiter fideliter forsan feliciter – Bravely, faithfully, perhaps successfully
Fortiter in re, suaviter in modo – Resolutely in action, gently in manner. (To do unhesitatingly what must be done but accomplishing it as inoffensively as possible)
Fortitudine vincimus – By endurance we conquer
Fortius quo fidelius – Strength through loyalty
Fortuna amicos parat, inopia amicos probat – The fortune is preparing friends, the abundance is testing them
Fortuna vitrea est; tum cum splendet frangitur – Fortune is glass; just when it gleams brightest it shatters
Fortuna caeca est – Fortune is blind. (Cicero)
Fortunatus sum! Pila mea de gramine horrido modo in pratum lene recta volvit! – Isn’t that lucky! My ball just rolled out of the rough and onto the fairway!
Frangar non flectar – I am broken, I am not deflected
Frater, ave atque vale – Brother, hello and good-bye. (Catullus)
Fronti nulla fides – No reliance can be placed on appearance. (don’t judge a book by its cover)
Frustra laborant quotquot se calculationibus fatigant pro inventione quadraturae circuli – Futile is the labor of those who fatigue themselves with calculations to square the circle. (Michael Stifel, 1544)
Fugit hora – The hour flies
Fugit inreparabile tempus – Irretrievable time flies. (Virgil)
Functus officio – Having discharged his duty and thus ceased to have any authority over a matter
Furnulum pani nolo – I don’t want a toaster
G

Gaudeamus igitur (iuvenes dum sumus) – Therefore, let us rejoice. (while we are young)
Genius loci – The guardian spirit of the place
Gens togata – The toga-clad race; the romans
Genus irritabile vatum – The irritable race of poets. (Horace)
Gladiator in arena consilium capit – The gladiator is formulating his plan in the arena (i.e., too late) (Seneca)
Gloria filiorum patres – The glory of sons is their fathers
Gloria in excelsis deo – Glory to God in the highest
Gloria Patri – Glory to the Father
Gloria virtutis umbra – Glory (is) the shadow of virtue
Gloria – Glory
Gloriosum est iniurias oblivisci – It is glorious to forget the injustice
Gnothe seauton (Greek) – Know thyself
Graeca sunt, non leguntur – It is Greek, you don’t read that
Gramen artificiosum odi – I hate Astroturf
Gratia placenti – For the sake of pleasing
Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit – Captive Greece conquered her savage victor. (Horace)
Graviora manent – Greater dangers await
Gutta cavat lapidem, non vi sed saepe cadendo – The drop excavates the stone, not with force but by falling often. (Ovid)
H

Habeas corpus – You must have the body, i.e. You must justify an imprisonment
Habemus Papam – We have a pope. (used at the announcement of a new pope)
Habetis bona deum – Have a nice day
Hac lege – With this law
Haec olim meminisse ivvabit – Time heals all things, i.e. Wounds, offenses
Haec trutina errat – There is something wrong with this scale
Hannibal ante portas! – Hannibal is at the doors! The enemy/danger is at the doors!
Haud ignota loquor – I say things that are known
Helluo librorum – A glutton for books. (bookworm)
Heu! Tintinnuntius meus sonat! – Darn! There goes my beeper!
Heus, hic nos omnes in agmine sunt! – Hey, we’re all in line here!
Hic et nunc – Here and now
Hic habitat felicitas – Here dwells happiness
Hic jacet (HJ) – Here lies. (written on gravestones or tombs)
Hic jacet sepultus (HJS) – Here lies buried
Hic puer est stultissimus omnium! – This boy is the stupidest of all!
Hinc illae lacrimae – Hence these tears. (Terence)
Historia est vitae magistra – The history is the tutor of life
Hoc erat in votis – This was among my prayers
Hoc est in votis – This is in my prayers
Hoc est verum et nihili nisi verum – This is the truth and nothing but the truth
Hoc est vivere bis vita posse priore frvi – To live twice is to make useful profit from one’s past. Experience is the best teacher, so learn from it
Hoc natura est insitum, ut quem timueris, hunc semper oderis – It’s an innate thing to always hate the one we’ve learnt to fear
Hoc tempore obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit – In these days friends are won through flattery, the truth gives birth to hate. (Terence)
Hocine bibo aut in eum digitos insero? – Do I drink this or stick my fingers in it?
Hodie mihi, cras tibi – Today for me, tomorrow for you
Homines libenter quod volunt credunt – Men believe what they want to. (Terentius)
Homines, dum docent, discunt – Men learn while they teach. (Seneca)
Homo doctvs is se semper divitias habet – A learned man always has wealth within himself
Homo homini lupus – Man is a wolf to man
Homo nudus cum nuda iacebat – Naked they lay together, man and woman
Homo praesumitur bonus donec probetur malus – One is innocent until proven guilty
Homo proponit, sed Deus disponit – Man proposes, but God disposes
Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto – I am human, therefore nothing human is strange to me
Homo sum – I am a man
Homo vitae commodatus non donatus est – Man has been lent to life, not given. (Pubilius Syrus)
Honor virutis preamium – Honour is the reward of virtue
Honores mutant mores – The honours change the customs. (Power corrupts)
Honoris causa (h.c.) – As in doctorate, an honorary degree
Horas non numero nisi serenas – I count only the bright hours. (Inscription on ancient sundials)
Horribile dictu – Horrible to tell
Horror vacui – Fear of empty places
Hostis hvmani generis – Enemy of the human race
Huc accedit zambonis! – Here comes the Zamboni!
Humum mandere – To bite the dust
Hunc tu caveto – Beware of this man
I

Ibidem (Ib.) – In the same place. (in a book)
Id certum est quod certum reddi potest – That is certain that can be made certain
Id est (i.e.) – That is to say
Id est mihi, id non est tibi! – It is mine, not yours!
Id imperfectum manet dum confectum erit – It ain’t over until it’s over
Id tibi praebet speciem lepidissimam! – It looks great on you!
Idem quod (i.q.) – The same as
Idem – The same
Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum (INRI) – Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews
Ignis aurum probat, miseria fortes viros – Life is not a bowl of cherries, or, literally, Fire tests gold; adversity tests strong men
Ignis fatuus – Foolish fire (will-o-the-wisp)
Ignorantia juris neminem excusat – Ignorance of the law excuses no one
Ignoratio elenchi – An ignorance of proof
Ignotus (ign.) – Unknown
Ille dolet vere, qui sine teste dolet – He mourns honestly who mourns without witnesses. (Martialis)
Ille mi par esse deo videtur – He seems to me to be equal to a god. (Catullus)
Illegitimis nil carborundum – Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Illiud latine dici non potest – You can’t say that in Latin
Illius me paenitet, dux – Sorry about that, chief
Imitatores, servum pecus! – Imitators, you slavish crowd! (Horace)
Imperator/Imperatrix (Imp.) – Emperor/Empress
Imperator – Emperor
Imperium et libertas – Empire and liberty. (Cicero)
Imperium in imperio – An empire within an empire, i.e. A fifth column, a group of people within an nation’s territory who owe allegiance to some other leader
Imperium – Absolute power
Impossibilium nulla obligatio est – Nobody has any obligation to the impossible. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)
Imprimatur – Let it be printed
Imprimis – In first place
In absentia – In one’s absence
In actu – In practice
In aere aedificare – Build (castles) in the air. (St. Augustine)
In aeternum – For eternity
In alio pediculum, in te ricinum non vides – You see a louse on someone else, but not a tick on yourself. (Petronius)
In articulo mortis – At the moment of death
In banco – On the bench
In camera – In private chamber
In capite – In chief
In cavda venenvm – In the tail [is the] poison. Watch out for what you don’t see
In curia – In court
In dentibus anticis frustrum magnum spiniciae habes – You have a big piece of spinach in your front teeth
In distans – At a distance
In dubiis non est agendum – In dubious cases, you should not act
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
In dubio – In doubt
In esse – In existence
In excelsis – In the highest
In extenso – At full length
In extremis – In extremity
In fine – At the end
In flagrante delicto – In the very act of committing an offence
In forma pauperis – In the form of a poor person; in a humble or abject manner
In futuro – In the future
In gremio legis – In the protection of the law
In his ordo est ordinem non servare – In this case the only rule is not obeying any rules
In hoc signo vinces – In this sign, you will be victorious. (Eusebios)
In infinitum – To infinity; without end
In libris libertas – In books (there is) freedom
In limine – On the threshold, at the very outset
In loco parentis – In the place of a parent
In loco – In the place of
In magnis et voluisse sat est – To once have wanted is enough in great deeds. (Propertius)
In media res – In or into the middle of a sequence of events. (Horace)
In medias res – Into the midst of things
In medio stat virtus – Virtue stands in the middle. Virtue is in the moderate, not the extreme position. (Horace)
In medio tutissimus ibis – In the middle of things you will go most safe. (Ovid)
In memoriam – To the memory of
In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas – In necessary things unity, in doubtful things liberty, in all things charity
In nomine Domini – In the name of the Lord
In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Santi – In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
In nubibus – In the clouds
In nuce – In a nutshell
In omnia paratus – Prepared for all things
In ovo – In the egg
In pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello – In peace, like a wise man, he appropriately prepares for war
In pace – In peace
In pari materia – Of like kind
In partibus infidelium – In parts inhabited by unbelievers
In parvo – In miniature
In perpetuum – For ever
In personam – Against the person
In pleno – In full
In pontificalibus – In the proper vestments of a pope or cardinal
in posse – In possibility
In posterum – Till the next day
In praesenti – At the present time
In principio – In the beginning
In propria persona – In person
In puris naturalibus – Completely naked
In quaestione versare – To be under investigation
In re – Refering to
In rem – Against the matter (property)
In rerum natura – In the nature of things
In saecvla saecvlorvm – For ages of ages forever
In se – In itself
In silico – By means of a computer simulation
In silvam ne ligna feras – Don’t carry logs into the forest. (Horace)
In situ – In position
In specie – In kind; (a) in its own form and not in an equivalent (b) in coins and not in paper money
In spiritu et veritate – In spirit and truth. (Versio Vulgata)
In statu quo – In the same state
In terrorem – As a warning; in order to terrify others
In totidem verbis – In so many words
In toto – As a whole, absolutely, Completely
In transitu – In passing, on the way
In usu – In use
In utero – In the womb
In vacuo – In a vacuum or empty space
In vinculis etiam audax – In chains yet still bold (free)
In vino veritas – The truth is in wine. (A drunk person tells the truth)
In virtute sunt multi ascensus – There are many degrees in excellence. (Cicero)
In vitro – In a test tube (literally glass)
In vivo – In the living (thing)
Incipit – Begin here
Incredibile dictu – Incredible to say
Index librorum prohibitorum – Official list of forbidden books not to be read by Catholics
Indulgentiam quaeso – I ask your indulgence
Infinitus est numerus stultorum – Infinite is the number of fools
Infra dignitatem (dig.) – Undignified; beneath one’s dignity
Infra – Below, underneath
Inhumanitas omni aetate molesta est – Inhumanity is harmful in every age. (Cicero)
Iniqua nunquam regna perpetuo manent – Stern masters do not reign long. (Seneca Philosophus)
Iniuria non excusat iniuriam – One wrong does not justify another
Insanabile cacoethes scribendi – An incurable passion to write. (Juvenal)
Insculpsit – He/she engraved it
Instrumentum aeri temperando – Airconditioner
Insula gilliganis – Gilligan’s Island
Integer vitae scelerisque purus – Blameless of life and free from crime
Intellectum valde amat – Love the intellect strongly. (St. Augustine)
Intelligenti pauca – Few words suffice for he who understands
Intelligo me intelligere – I understand that I understand. (St. Augustine)
Inter alia – Among other things
Inter alios – Amongst other people
Inter arma silent leges – In time of war, laws are silent
Inter caecos regnat strabo – Among blinds the squinting rules. (Erasmus)
Inter caesa et porrecta – There’s many a slip twixt cup and lip
Inter canum et lupum – Between a dog and a wolf
Inter nos – Between ourselves
Inter partes – Made between two parties
Inter se – Between themselves
Inter spem et metum – Between hope and fear
Inter vivos – Between living (people)
Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum europe vincendarum – Sometimes I get this urge to conquer large parts of Europe
Interfice errorem, diligere errantem – Kill the sin, love the sinner. (St. Augustine)
Interregnvm – Period between rules anarchy, lawlessnes
Intra muros – Within the walls
Intra vires – Within the power
Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes – Let us improve life through science and art. (Vergil)
Ipsa qvidem pretivm virtvs sibi – Virtue is its own reward
Ipsa scientia potestas est – Knowledge itself is power. (Bacon)
Ipsi dixit – He himself said it. (Cicero)
Ipsissima verba – The exact words
Ipso facto – By that very fact
Ipso iure – By operation of the law
Ira furor brevis est – Anger is a brief insanity. (Horace)
Ire fortiter quo nemo ante iit – To boldly go where no man has gone before. (Star Trek)
Isto pensitaris? – You get paid for this crap?
Ita erat quando hic adveni – It was that way when I got here
Ita est – Yes./It is so
Ite, misse est – Go, the Mass is finished
Iubilate Deo – Rejoice in God
Iunctis viribus – By united efforts
Iure divino – By divine law
Iure humano – By human law
Ius civile – Civil law
Ius gentium – The law of nations
Ius primae noctis – The right of the first night
Ivs est ars boni et aeqvi – Law is the art of the good and the just
Ivs gentivm – Right of tribes law of nations

J

Justitia omnibus – Justice for all
K

Koming soon – Sorry, bad joke
L

Labera lege – Read my lips
Labor omnia vincit – Work conquers all things. (Virgil)
Labra lege – Read my lips
Lachryma Christi – Christ’s tears
Lapsus alumni – Error made
Lapsus calami – A slip of the pen
Lapsus linguae – A slip of the tongue
Lapsus memoriae – A slip of the memory
Lapsus nivium! – Avalanche!!
Lares et penates – Household gods
Latet anguis in herba – A snake lies in the grass. (Vergil)
Latine dictum – Spoken in Latin
Latine loqui coactus sum – I have this compulsion to speak Latin
Latro! fremo! – Woof woof! Grrrr!
Laudant illa, sed ista legunt – Some (writing) is praised, but other is read. (Martialis)
Laudatores temporis acti – Praisers of time past
Laus Deo – Praise be to God
Lavdem virtvtis necessitati damvs – We give to necessity the praise of virtue finding the benefit in what’s needful
Lectori Salutem (L.S.) – Greetings to the reader
Lectio brevior lectio potior – The shortest reading is the more probable reading
Lector benevole – Kind reader
Legatus a latere – Advisor from the side
Lege atque lacrima – Read ’em and weep
Lege et lacrima – Read it and weep
Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus – We are slaves of the law so that we may be able to be free. (Cicero)
Leve fit, quod bene fertur, onus – The burden is made light which is borne well. (Ovid)
Lex clavatoris designati rescindenda est – The designated hitter rule has got to go
Lex domicilii – The law of a person’s home country
Lex fori – The law of the forum (country)
Lex loci – The law of the place
Lex malla, lex nulla – A bad law is no law. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Lex non scripta – The unwritten (common) law
Lex scripta – The written law
Lex talionis – The law of revenge
Libenter homines id quod volunt credunt – Men gladly believe that which they wish for. (Caesar)
Liberae sunt nostrae cogitationes – Our thoughts are free. (Cicero)
Liberate te ex inferis – Save yourself from hell
Libertas inaestimabilis res est – Liberty is a thing beyond all price. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)
Liberum arbitrium – Free will
Libra solidus denarius (L.S.D.) – Pounds, shillings, pence
Licentia liquendi – Liberty of speaking
Licentia poetica – Poetic licence. (Seneca)
Licet – It is allowed
Lingua franca – French tongue – the common or universal language
Literati – Men of letters
Litoralis – Beach bum
Litterae humaniores – The humanities
Loco citato (lc) – In the passage just quoted
Locum tenens – One occupying the place (used as an English noun meaning ‘deputy’)
Locus classicus – The most authoritative source, Classical passage
Locus delicti – The scene of the crime
Locus desperatus – A hopeless passage
Locus enim est principum generationis rerum – For place is the origin of things. (Roger Bacon)
Locus in quo – The place in which something happens
Locus poenitentiae – A place for repentance
Locus sigilli (l.s.) – The place of the seal
Locus standi – Place of standing
Longo intervallo – After a long gap
Loquitur (loq.) – He/she speaks
Luctor et emergo – I struggle but I’ll survive
Luke sum ipse patrem te – Luke, I am your father. (Star Wars)
Lumen naturale – Natural light
Lupus est homo homini – Man is wolf to man
Lupus in fabula – The wolf in the tale (i.e. Speak of the wolf, and he will come) (Terence)
Lusus naturae – A freak of nature
Lux et veritas – Light and Truth
Lux mundi – The light of the world
M

Machina improba! Vel mihi ede potum vel mihi redde nummos meos! – You infernal machine! Give me a beverage or give me my money back!
Maecenas atavis edite regibus – Maecenas, born of monarch ancestors. (Horace)
Magister artis ingeniique largitor venter – Necessity is the mother of all invention
Magister Artium (MA) – Master of arts
Magister mundi sum! – I am the master of the universe!
Magna charta – Great paper
Magna cum laude – With great honour or academic distinction
Magna res est vocis et silentii temperamentum – The great thing is to know when to speak and when to keep quiet
Magnas inter oper inops – A pauper in the midst of wealth. (Horace)
Magnificat – It magnifies
Magnum bonum – A great good
Magnum opus – Great work, the major work of one’s life
Magnus frater spectat te – Big Brother is watching you
Maior risus, acrior ensis: quadragesima octava regula quaesitus – The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife: the 48th rule of acquisition
Mala fide – In bad faith (something which is done fraudulently)
Male parta male dilabuntur – What has been wrongly gained is wrongly lost. (Ill-gotten gains seldom prosper.) (Cicero)
Malum consilium quod mutari non potest – It’s a bad plan that can’t be changed. (Publilius Syrus)
Malum prohibitum – A prohibited wrong. A crime that society decides is wrong for some reason, not inherently evil
Malum quidem nullum esse sine aliquo bono – There is, to be sure, no evil without something good. (Pliny the Elder)
Manus in mano – Hand in hand
Manus manum lavat – One hand washes the other. The favor for the favor. (Petronius)
Mare clausum – A closed sea
Mare liberum – An open sea
Mare nostrum – Our sea. (Mediterranean)
Margaritas ante porcos – Pearls before swine. To give something valuable to someone not respecting it
Mater artium necessitas – Necessity is the mother of invention
Mater dolorosa – Sorrowful mother. (Virgin Mary)
Mater memento mori – Remember your mortality
Mater tua criceta fuit, et pater tuo redoluit bacarum sambucus – Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries
Mater – Mother
Materfamilias – Mother of family
Materia medica – Medical matter
Materiam superabat opus – The workmanship was better than the subject matter. (Ovid)
Maxima debetur puero reverentia – We owe the greatest respect to a child
Maximus in minimis – Great in little things
Me fallit – I do not know
Me iudice – I being judge; in my judgement
Me oportet propter praeceptum te nocere – I’m going to have to hurt you on principle
Me transmitte sursum, caledoni! – Beam me up, Scotty!
Mea culpa – Through my fault
Mea maxima culpa – Through my very great fault
Mea mihi conscientia pluris est quam omnium sermo – My conscience means more to me than all speech. (Cicero)
Medice, cura te ipsum! – Physician, heal thyself! (Versio Vulgata)
Medici graviores morbos asperis remediis curant – Doctors cure the more serious diseases with harsh remedies. (Curtius Rufus)
Medicus curat, natura sanat – The physician treats, nature cures
Medio tutissimus ibis – You will go safest in the middle. (Moderation in all things) (Ovid)
Mei capilli sunt flagrantes – My hair is on fire
Meliora cogito – I strive for the best
Melitae amor – Love of Malta
Melius est praevenire quam praeveniri – Better to forestall than to be forestalled
Melius frangi quam flecti – It is better to break than to bend
Melius tarde, quam nunquam – Better late than never
Mellita, domi adsum – Honey, I’m home
Memento mori – Remember that you must die
Memento vivere – A reminder of life (literally remember that you have to live)
Memorabilia – Memorable things
Memorandum – A note of; a thing to be remembered
Memoria in aeterna – In everlasting remembrance
Memoriter – From memory
Mendacem memorem esse oportet – A liar needs a good memory. (Quintilianus)
Mens agitat molem – The mind moves the matter. (Vergil)
Mens rea – Guilty mind
Mens regnum bona possidet – An honest heart is a kingdom in itself. (Seneca)
Mens sana in corpore sano – A sound mind in a sound body. (Juvenalis)
Mens sibi conscia recti – A mind conscious of its rectitude
Meum cerebrum nocet – My brain hurts
Meum pactum dictum – My word is my bond
Mihi cura futuri – My concern is the future
Mihi ignosce. Cum homine de cane debeo congredi – Excuse me. I’ve got to see a man about a dog
Millennium (millennia) – A thousand year period
Minime senuisti! – You haven’t aged a bit!
Minus habens – Absentminded
Mirabile dictu – Wonderful to say/relate. (Vergil)
Mirabile visu – Wonderful to behold
Miserere – Have mercy
Missa solemnis – Solemn Mass. (high Mass)
Mittimus – We send (to prison)
Modus agendi – Manner of operation
Modus operandi (m.o.) – Way of operating
Modus vivendi – Way of living
Monstra mihi pecuniam! – Show me the money!
Moratorium – A delay
Morituri te salutant – Those who are about to die salute you
Mors ultima linea rerum est – Death is everything’s final limit. (Horace)
Mors ultima ratio – Death is the final accounting
Mortvi non mordant – Dead me don’t bite; Dead men tell no tale
Motu proprio – Of one’s own initiative
Mulier taceat in ecclesia – Let the woman be silent in church. (Paul)
Multi famam, conscientiam pauci verentur – Many fear their reputation, few their conscience. (Pliny)
Multis post annis – Many years later
Multum in parvo – Much in little. (small but significant)
Multun, non multa – Much, not many (quality not quantity)
Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur – The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived!
Mundus vult decipi – The world wants to be deceived
Munit haec et altera vincit – One defends and the other conquers
Mus uni non fidit antro – A mouse does not rely on just one hole. (Plautus)
Musica delenit bestiam feram – Music soothes the savage beast
Mutatis mutandis – The necessary changes having been made
Mutato nomine – The name being changed
Mvlti svnt vocati, pavci vero electi – Many are called [but] few are chosen
Mvndvs vvlt decipi – The world wishes to be deceived there’s a sucker born every minute
Mvtatis mvtandis – The things that ought to have changed having been changed with the necessary substitutions having been made
N

Nam et ipsa scientia potestas es – Knowledge is power. (Sir Francis Bacon)
Nascentes morimur – From the moment we are born, we begin to die
Natale solum – Native soil
Natura abhorret a vacua – Nature abhors a vacuum
Natura in minima maxima – Nature is the greatest in the smallest things
Natura nihil fit in frustra – Nature does nothing in vain
Natura, artis magistra – Nature, the mistress of art
Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret – You can drive nature out with a pitchfork but she always comes back
Navigare necesse est – To sail is necessary
Ne auderis delere orbem rigidum meum! – Don’t you dare erase my hard disk!
Ne cede malis – Yield not to evils
Ne feceris ut rideam – Don’t make me laugh
Ne humanus crede – Trust no human
Ne nimium – Not too much
Ne plus ultra – No further. Impassable obstacle
Ne quid nimis – Nothing in excess. (Terence)
Nec laudas nisi mortuos poetas: tanti non est, ut placeam, perire – If only dead poets are praised, I’d rather go unsung
Nec mortem effugere quisquam nec amorem potest – No one is able to flee from death or love
Nec possum tecum vivere, nec sine te – I am able to live / I can live neither with you, nor without you. (Martial)
Nec verbum verbo curabis reddere fidus interpres – As a true translator you will take care not to translate word for word. (Horace)
Necesse est multos timeat quem multi timent – He must fear many, whom many fear. (Laberius)
Necessitas non habet legem – Necessity knows no law
Negotium populo romano melius quam otium committi – The Roman people understand work better than leisure
Nemine contradicente (nem. con.) – With no one speaking in opposition. Unanimously
Nemine dissentiente (nem. diss.) – With no one disagreeing
Nemo ante mortem beatus – Nobody is blessed before his death. We never know what is future preparing for us!
Nemo autem regere potest nisi qui et regi – Moreover, there is no one who can rule unless he can be ruled. (Seneca)
Nemo dat quod non habet – No one gives what he does not have
Nemo gratis mendax – No man lies freely. A person with no reason to lie is telling the truth
Nemo hic adest illius nominis – There is no one here by that name
Nemo liber est qui corpori servit – No one is free who is a slave to his body
Nemo malus felix – No bad man is lucky. (Juvenal)
Nemo me impune lacessit – No one provokes me with impunity. (motto of the Kings of Scotland)
Nemo nisi mors – Nobody except death (will part us). (Inscription in the wedding ring of the Swedish Queen Katarina Jagellonica)
Nemo propheta in patria sua – No one is considered a prophet in his hometown/homeland
Nemo repente fuit turpissimus – No one ever became thoroughly bad in one step. (Juvenal)
Nemo risum praebuit, qui ex se coepit – Nobody is laughed at, who laughs at himself. (Seneca)
Nemo saltat sobrius nisi forte insanit – Nobody dances sober unless he’s insane
Nemo saltat sobrius – No man dances sober
Nemo sine iudex – No one is a judge of himself
Nemo sine vitio est – No one is without fault. (Seneca the Elder)
Nemo surdior est quam is qui non audiet – No man is more deaf than he who will not hear
Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum – No man by fearing reaches the top. (Syrus)
Nervos belli, pecuniam. (Nervus rerum.) – The nerve of war, money. (The nerve of things.) (Cicero)
Nescio quid dicas – I don’t know what you’re talking about
Neutiquam erro – I am not lost
Nihil ad rem – Nothing to do with the point
Nihil agere delectat – It is pleasant to do nothing. (Cicero)
Nihil aliud scit necessitas quam vincere – Necesssity knows nothing else but victory. (Syrus)
Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitione – I’m not interested in your dopey religious cult
Nihil declaro – I have nothing to declare
Nihil est ab omni parte beatum – Nothing is good in every part. (Horace)
Nihil est incertius volgo – Nothing is more uncertain than the (favour of the) crowd. (Cicero)
Nihil est miserum nisi cum putes – Nothing is unfortunate if you don’t consider it unfortunate. (Boethius)
Nihil est–In vita priore ego imperator romanus fui – That’s nothing–in a previous life I was a Roman Emperor
Nihil obstat – Nothing stands in the way
Nihil sub sole novum – Nothing new under the sun
Nihil tam munitum quod non expugnari pecunia possit – No fort is so strong that it cannot be taken with money. (Cicero)
Nihil – Nothing
Nil actum credens dum quid superesset agendum – Thinking nothing done, while anything was yet to do
Nil actum reputa si quid superest agendum – Don’t consider that anything has been done if anything is left to be done. (Lucan)
Nil admirari – To admire nothing. (Horace)
Nil agit exemplum, litem quod lite resolvit – Not much worth is an example that solves one quarrel with another. (Horace)
Nil desperandum! – Never despair! (Horace)
Nil homini certum est – Nothing is certain for man. (Ovid)
Nil sine numine – Nothing without the Divine Will
Nill illigitimi carborundum – Do not let the bastards get you down
Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis – Unless you will have believed, you will not understand. (St. Augustine)
Nisi prius – Unles previously
Nisi – Unless
Nolens volens – Whether one likes it or not; willing or unwilling
Noli equi dentes inspicere donati – Do not look a gift horse in the mouth. (St. Jerome)
Noli me tangere! – Don’t touch me! (Versio Vulgata)
Noli me voca, ego te vocabo – Don’t call me. I’ll call you
Noli nothis permittere te terere – Dont let the bastards get you down
Noli simul flare sobereque – Don’t whistle and drink at the same time
Noli turbare circulos meos! – Don’t upset my calculations! (Archimedes)
Nolite id cogere, cape malleum majorem – Don’t force it, get a bigger hammer
Nolle prosequi – Do not pursue
Nolo contendere – I do not wish to contend
Nomen est omen – The name is the sign
Nomina stultorum parietibus haerent – The names of foolish persons adhere to walls (Fools names and fools faces are often seen in public places.)
Nominatim – By name
Non bis in idem – Not twice for the same thing
Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat – It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity
Non compos mentis – Not in possession of one’s senses
Non curo. Si metrum non habet, non est poema – I don’t care. If it doesn’t rhyme, it isn’t a poem
Non erravi perniciose! – I did not commit a fatal error!
Non est ad astra mollis e terris via – There is no easy way from the earth to the stars. (Seneca)
Non est ei similis – There is no one like him
Non est mea culpa – It’s not my fault
Non est vivere sed valere vita est – Life is not being alive but being well (life is more than just being alive)
Non Gradus Anus Rodentum! – Not Worth A Rats Ass!
Non ignara mals, miseris svccvrrere disco – No stranger to misfortune [myself] I learn to relieve the sufferings [of others
Non illigitamus carborundum – Don’t let the bastards grind you down
Non licet – It is not allowed
Non liquet – It is not clear
Non mihi, non tibi, sed nobis – Not for you, not for me, but for us – the foundation of a good relationship
Non mortem timemus, sed cogitationem mortis – We do not fear death, but the thought of death. (Seneca)
Non multa, sed multum – Not many, but much. (Meaning, not quantity but quality) (Plinius)
Non nobis, Domine – Not unto us, O Lord
Non omne quod licet honestum est – Not everything that is permitted is honest. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)
Non omne quod nitet aurum est – Not all that glitters is gold
Non omnes qui habemt citharam sunt citharoedi – Not all those who own a musical instrument are musicians. (Bacon)
Non omnia moriar – Not all of me will die. (Horace)
Non omnia possumus omnes – Not all of us are able to do all things (We can’t all do everything.) (Virgil)
Non omnis moriar – Not all of me will die. (his works would live forever) (Horace)
Non placet – It does not please
Non plaudite. Modo pecuniam jacite – Don’t applaud. Just throw money
Non plus ultra! (Nec plus ultra!) – Nothing above that!
Non prosequitur – He does not proceed
Non quis, sed quid – Not who, but what
Non rape me si placet – Please don’t rob me
Non scholae sed vitae discimus – We do not learn for school, but for life. (Seneca)
Non semper erit aestas – It will not always be summer (be prepared for hard times)
Non sequitur – It does not follow
Non serviam – I will not serve
Non sibi sed suis – Not for one’s self but for one’s people
Non sibi, sed patriae – Not for you, but for the fatherland
Non sum pisces – I am not a fish
Non sum qualis eram – I am not what / of what sort I was (I’m not what I used to be.)
Non teneas aurum totum quod splendet ut aurum – Do not take as gold everything that shines like gold
Non timetis messor – Don’t Fear the Reaper
Non uno die roma aedificata est – Rome was not built in one day (either)
Non ut edam vivo, sed vivam edo – I do not live to eat, but eat to live. (Quintilianus)
Non vereor ne illam me amare hic potuerit resciscere; quippe haud etiam quicquam inepte feci – I don’t think anyone knows I love the girl; I haven’t done anything really silly yet
Non, mihi ignosce, credo me insequentem esse – No, excuse me, I believe I’m next
Nonne amicus certus in re incerta cernitur? – A friend in need is a friend in deed. (our equivalent)
Nonne de novo eboraco venis? – You’re from New York, aren’t you?
Nonne macescis? – Have you lost weight?
Nosce te ipsum – Know thyself. (Inscription at the temple of Apollo in Delphi.)
Nota bene (nb.) – Note well. Observe carefully
Novus homo – A new Man; a man who was the first in his family to be elected to an office
Novus ordo saeculorum – A new order of ages
Novus ordo seclorum – A new order for the ages. (appears on the U.S. one-dollar bill)
Nulla avarita sine poena est – There is no avarice without penalty. (Seneca)
Nulla dies sine linea – Not a day without a line. Do something every day! (Apeles, Greek painter)
Nulla regula sine exceptione – There is no rule/law without exception
Nulla res carius constat quam quae precibus empta est – Nothing is so expensive as that which you have bought with pleas. (Seneca)
Nulla vit melior quam bona – There’s no life better than a good life
Nulli expugnabilis hosti – Conquered By No Enemy. (motto of Gibraltar)
Nulli secundus – Second to none
Nullius in verba – (Rely) on the words on no one. (Horace)
Nullo metro compositum est – It doesn’t rhyme
Nullum crimen sine lege, nulla poena sine lege – No crime and no punishment without a (pre-existing) law
Nullum est iam dictum quod non dictum sit prius – Nothing is said that hasn’t been said before. (Terence)
Nullum gratuitum prandium – There is no free lunch!
Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae – There is no one great ability without a mixture of madness
Nullum saeculum magnis ingeniis clausum est – No generation is closed to great talents. (Seneca)
Nullus est instar domus – There is no place like home
Nullus est liber tam malus ut non aliqua parte prosit – There is no book so bad that it is not profitable on some part. (Pliny the Younger)
Numen – Divine power
Numero pondere et mensura Deus omnia condidit – God created everything by number, weight and measure. (Isaac Newton)
Numerus clausus – A restricted number
Nummus americanus – Greenback. ($US)
Numquam aliud natura, aliud sapientia dicit – Never does nature say one thing and wisdom say another
Numquam non paratus – Never unprepared
Numquam se minus solum quam cum solus esset – You are never so little alone as when you are alone. (Cicero)
Nunc dimittis – Now let depart
Nunc est bibendum – Now we must drink. (Horace)
Nvdvm pactvm – A nude pact an invalid agreement a contract with illusory benefits or without consideration hence unenforceable
Nvllvm qvod tetiget non ornavit – He touched none he did not adorn – not simply ‘the Midas touch’, or ‘he left things better than he found them’, but a tribute to a Renaissance man
Nvnc avt nvnqvam – Now or never
Nvnc dimittis – Now let [thy servant] depart – generally any permission to go, specifically to express one’s readiness to depart or die
Nvnc pro tvnc – Now for then retroactive
O

O curas hominum! O quantum est in rebus inane! – Ah, human cares! Ah, how much futility in the world! (Lucilius)
O di immortales! – Good heavens! (uttered by Cicero on the Senate floor)
O diem praeclarum! – Oh, what a beautiful day!
O praeclarum custodem ovium lupum! – An excellent protector of sheep, the wolf! (Cicero)
O quam cito transit gloria mundi! – O how quickly passes the glory of the world!
O sancta simplicitas! – Oh, holy simplicity! (Jan Hus)
O tempora, O mores! – Oh, the times! Oh, the morals! (Cicero)
O! Plus! Perge! Aio! Hui! Hem! – Oh! More! Go on! Yes! Ooh! Ummm!
Obesa cantavit – The fat lady has sung
Obiit (ob.) – He/she died
Obiter (ob.) – In passing
Obiter dictum – Something said in passing – parenthetical remark
Oblitus sum perpolire clepsydras! – I forgot to polish the clocks!
Obscurum per obscurius – The obscure by means of the more obscure
Obsta principiis – Resist the beginnings – Nip it in the bud
Occasio aegre offertur, facile amittitur – Opportunity is offered with difficulty, lost with ease. (Publius Syrus)
Occasio facit furem – Opportunity makes a thief
Oderint dum metuant – Let them hate provided that they fear. (Seneca)
Odi et amo – I hate (her), and I love (her) (Catullus)
Odium theologicum – Theological hatred. (a special name for the hatred generated in theological disputes)
Olevm addere camino – To pour fuel on the stove adding gasoline to a fire
Olevm perdisti – You have lost oil you’ve wasted your time on this criticism for a misallocation of resources
Olim habeas eorum pecuniam, numquam eam reddis: prima regula quaesitus – Once you have their money, you never give it back: the 1st rule of acquisiton
Olim – Formerly
Omne ignotum pro magnifico est – We have great notions of everything unknown. (Tacitus)
Omne initium est difficile – Every beginning is difficult
Omne trium perfectum – Everything that comes in threes is perfect
Omne tvlit pvnctvm qvi miscvit vtile dvlci – [he] has gained every point who has combined [the] useful [with the] agreeable
Omnes aequo animo parent ubi digni imperant – All men cheerfully obey where worthy men rule. (Syrus)
Omnes deteriores svmvs licentia – Too much freedom debases us
Omnes lagani pistrinae gelate male sapiunt – All frozen pizzas taste lousy
Omnes una manet nox – The same night awaits us all. (Horace)
Omnes vulnerant, ultima necat – All (hours) wound, the last kills. (inscription on solar clocks)
Omnia iam fient quae posse negabam – Everything which I used to say could not happen will happen now. (Ovid)
Omnia mea mecum porto – All that is mine, I carry with me. (My wisdom is my greatest wealth) (Cicero)
Omnia mihi lingua graeca sunt – It’s all Greek to me
Omnia mors aequat – Death equals all things
Omnia munda mundis – Everything is pure to pure ones
Omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis – All things change, and we change with them
Omnia mutantur, nihil interit – Everything changes, nothing perishes. (Ovid)
Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis – All things are changing, and we are changing with them
Omnia vincit amor – Love conquers all
Omnia vincit amor; et nos cedamus amori – Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love. (Vergil)
Omnium gatherum – Assortment
Omnium rerum principia parva sunt – Everything has a small beginning. (Cicero)
Onus probandi – The burden of proof
Opere citato (op. cit.) – In the work just quoted
Optimis parentibus – To my excellent parents. A common dedication in a book
Optimus magister, bonus liber – The best teacher is a good book
Opus Dei – The work of God
Ora et labora – Pray and work. (St. Benedict)
Ora pro nobis – Pray for us
Oratvr fit, poeta nascitvr – An orator is made [but] a poet is born
Orbes volantes exstare – Flying saucers are real
Orbiter dictum/dicta – Said by the way (miscellaneous remarks)
Orcae ita – Pretty straightforward
Ore rotundo – With full voice
Osculare pultem meam! – Kiss my grits!

P

Pace tua – With your consent
Pace – By leave of
Pacta sunt servanda – Agreements are to be kept. (Cicero)
Pactum serva – Keep the faith
Pallida mors – Pale Death. (Horace)
Palmam qui meruit ferat – Let him who has earned it bear the reward
Panem et circenses – Bread and circuses. Food and games to keep people happy. (Juvenalis)
Par pare refero – I return like for like tit for tat retaliation
Parens patriae – Parent of the country
Pares cvm paribvs – Like persons with like persons. Birds of a feather flock together
Pari passu – With equal pace – moving together
Pars maior lacrimas ridet et intus habet – You smile at your tears but have them in your heart. (Martialis)
Particeps criminis – Partner in crime
Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus – Mountains will be in labour, and an absurd mouse will be born. (all that work and nothing to show for it)
Parva leves capiunt animas – Small things occupy light minds (small things amuse small minds)
Parva scintilla saepe magnam flamam excitat – The small sparkle often initiates a large flame
Passim – All through
Pater familias – Father of the family
Pater historiae – The father of history
Pater Noster – Our Father (The first words of the Lord’s Prayer in Latin)
Pater patriae – Father of the country
Patria est communis omnium parens – Our native land is the common parent of us all. (Cicero)
Patris est filius – He is his father’s son
Paucis verbis, quid est deconstructionismus? – What, in a nutshell, is deconstructionism?
Paucis verbis – In a few words
Pavesco, pavesco – I’m shaking, I’m shaking
Pavpertas omnivm artivm repertrix – Poverty [is the] inventor of all the arts necessity is the mother of invention
Pax et bonum! – Peace and salvation!
Pax tecum – May peace be with you (Singular)
Pax vobiscum – May peace be with you (Plural)
Pax – Peace
Peccatum tacituritatis – Sin of silence
Peccavi – I have sinned
Peculium – Property
Pecunia in arbotis non crescit – Money does not grow on trees
Pecunia non olet – Money has no smell. Money doesn’t stink. (don’t look a gift horse in the mouth) (Vespasianus)
Pecvniate obedivnt omnia – All things obey money. Money makes the world go round
Pede poena claudo – Punishment comes limping. Retribution comes slowly, but surely. (Horace)
Pendente lite – While a suit is pending
Penetalia mentis – The innermost recesses of the mind. Heart of hearts
Per accidens – By Accident
Per angusta in augusta – Through difficulties to great things
Per annum (p.a.) – Yearly
Per ardua ad astra – Through difficulties to the stars
Per aspera ad astra – Through the thorns to the stars
Per capita – Per head
Per cent (per centum) – Per hundred
Per contra – On the contrary
Per diem – Per day; daily allowance
Per fas et nefas – Through right or wrong
Per impossibile – As is impossible a way to qualify a proposition that cannot ever be true
Per mensem – Monthly
Per procurationem (per pro) – By delegation to
Per se – By or in itself
Per varios usus artem experientia fecit – Through different exercises practice has brought skill. (Manilius)
Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim – Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you. (Ovid)
Periculum in mora – There is danger in delay. (Livy)
Perpetuo vincit qui utitur clementia – He is forever victor who employs clemency. (Syrus)
Perpetuum mobile – Perpetual motion
Perscriptio in manibus tabellariorum est – The check is in the mail
Persona (non) grata – (un)welcome person
Pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes – Flatterers are the worst type of enemies
Pessimus inimicorum genus, laudantes – The worst kind of enemies, those who can praise. (Tacitus)
Petitio principii – An assumption at the start
Philosophum non facit barba! – The beard does not define a philosopher. (Plutarch)
Pictor ignotus – Painter unknown
Pinxit – He/she painted it
Pistrix! Pistrix! – Shark! Shark!
Placebo – I will please. Medical expression for remedies with no medical effect, which improve one’s medical condition only because one believes they do
Placet – It pleases
Pleno iure – With full authority
Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate – Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily
Plusque minusque – More or less
Plvres crapvla qvam gladivs – Drunkeness [kills] more than the sword. As true today on the road as it ever was
Poeta nascitur, non fit – The poet is born, not made
Poli, poli, di umbuendo – Slowly, Slowly we will get there
Pone ubi sol non lucet! – Put it where the sun don’t shine!
Posse (posse comitatus) – The power of the country
Possunt quia posse videntur – They can because they think they can
Post bellum – After the war
Post coitem – After sexual intercourse
Post factum – After the fact
Post hoc ergo propter hoc – After this, therefore because of this
Post hoc – After this
Post meridiem (p.m.) – After midday
Post mortem – After death. (nowadays, the autopsy performed by a coroner)
Post obitum – After death
Post partum – After childbirth
Post proelia praemia – After the battles come the rewards
Post scriptum (ps) – After what has been written
Post tenebras lux – After the darkness, light
Postatem obscuri lateris nescitis – You do not know the power of the dark side
Potes currere sed te occulere non potes – You can run, but you can’t hide
Potest ex casa magnus vir exire – A great man can come from a hut. (Seneca)
Potestatem obscuri lateris nescis – You don’t know the power of the dark side. (Star Wars)
Potius mori quam foedari – Rather to die than to be dishonoured (death before dishonour)
Potius sero quam numquam – It’s better late than never. (Livy)
Praemonitus, pramunitus – Forewarned, forearmed
Praetio prudentia praestat – Prudence supplies a reward
Prehende uxorem meam, sis! – Take my wife, please!
Prescriptio in manibus tabellariorium est – The check is in the mail
Pretium iustum est – The Price is Right
Prima facie – At first sight; on the face of it. (in law, an obvious case that requires no further proof)
Primum mobile – Prime mover
Primum non nocere – The first thing is to do no harm. (Hippocratic oath)
Primum viveri deinde philosophari – Live before you philosophize, or Leap before you look
Primus inter pares – First among equals
Principiis obsta – Resist the beginnings
Pro bono (pro bono publico) – For the good of the public
Pro di immortales! – Good Heavens!
Pro et contra – For and against
Pro forma – As a matter of formality
Pro hac vice – For this occaision
Pro memoria – For a memorial
Pro nunc – For now
Pro opportunitate – As circumstances allow
Pro patria – For one’s country
Pro rata – In proportion to the value. (per hour for example)
Pro re nata (prn) – For an occasion as it arises
Pro se – On one’s own behalf
Pro tanto – So far
Pro tempore (pro tem.) – For the time being
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)
Probatum est – It has been proved
Probitas laudatur et alget – Honesty is praised and left in the cold. (Juvenal)
Promotor fidei – Promoter of the faith
Promoveatur ut amoveatur – Let him be promoted to get him out of the way
Propino fibi salutem! – Cheers!
Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem laeseris – It is human nature to hate a person whom you have injured
Proxime accessit – He/she came close
Proximo (prox.) – Of the next month
Proximus sum egomet mihi – I am closest to myself. (Charity begins at home.) (Terence)
Pueri pueri, pueri puerilia tractant – Children are children, (therefore) children do childish things
Pulvis et umbra sumus – We are dust and shadow. (Horace)
Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum – Garbage in, garbage out
Puris omnia pura – To the pure all things are pure
Puri sermonis amator – A lover of pure speech. (Terence)

Q

Qua – In so far as
Quad nesciunt eos non interficiet – What they don’t know won’t kill them
Quandoquidem inter nos sanctissima divitiarum maiestas, esti funesta pecunia templo nondum habitas – Among us, the god most revered is Wealth, but so far it has no temple of its own
Quae nocent, saepe docent – What hurts, often instructs. One learns by bitter/adverse experience
Quae vide (qqv) – See these things
Quaere verum – Seek the truth
Quaere – (You might) ask. Used to introduce questions, usually rhetorical or tangential questions
Qualem blennum! – What a doofus!
Qualem muleirculam! – What a bimbo!
Qualis pater talis filius – As is the father, so is the son; like father, like son
Quam bene vivas refert, non quam diu – The important thing isn’t how long you live, but how well you live. (Seneca)
Quam se ipse amans-sine rivali! – Himself loving himself so much-without a rival! (Cicero)
Quam terribilis est haec hora – How fearful is this hour
Quandam – Formally
Quando omni flunkus moritatus – When all else fails play dead
Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari? – How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Quantum meruit – As much as he/she deserved
Quantum sufficit (qs) – As much as suffices
Quaque mane (qm) – Every morning
Quaque nocte (qn) – Every night
Quasi – As if
Quater in die (Q.I.D) – Take four times a day
Quem di diligunt, adolescens moritur – Whom the gods love die young. (only the good die young)
Quemadmodum possums scire utrum vere simus an solum sentiamus nos esse? – How are we to know whether we actually exist or only think we exist?
Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est – A sword is never a killer, it’s a tool in the killer’s hands. (Seneca)
Qui bene cantat, bis orat – He who sings well, prays twice
Qui bono? – Who benfits?
Qui dedit benificium taceat; narret qui accepit – Let him who has done a good deed be silent; let him who has received it tell it. (Seneca)
Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum – Let him who wishes for peace prepare for war. (Vegetius)
Qui docet discit – He who teaches learns
Qui dormit, non peccat – One who sleeps doesn’t sin
Qui habet aures audiendi audiat – He who has ears, let him understand how to listen
Qui ignorabat, ignorabitur – One who is ignorant will remain unnoticed
Qui me amat, amet et canem meum – Love me, love my dog
Qui multum habet, plus cupit – He who has much desires more. (Seneca)
Qui nimium probat, nihil probat – One who proves too much, proves nothing
Qui non est hodie cras minus aptus erit – He who is not prepared today will be less so tomorrow. (Ovid)
Qui omnes insidias timet in nullas incidit – He who fears every ambush falls into none. (Pubilius Syrus)
Qui potest capere capiat – Let him accept it who can. Freely: If the shoe fits, wear it
Qui pro innocente dicit, satis est eloquens – He who speaks for the innocent is eloquent enough. (Publius Syrus)
Qui scribit bis legit – He who writes reads twice
Qui tacet consentire videtur – He that is silent is thought to consent
Qui tacet consentit – Silence gives consent
Qui vir odiosus! – What a bore!
Qui vivat atque floreat ad plurimos annos – May he live and flourish for many years
Qui vult dare parva non debet magna rogare – He who wishes to give little shouldn’t ask for much
Quia natura mutari non potest idcirco verae amicitiae sempiternae sunt – Since nature cannot change, true friendships are eternal. (Horace)
Quid agis, medice? – What’s up, Doc?
Quid est illa in auqua? – What’s that in the water?
Quid Novi – What’s New?
Quid nunc – What now?! (a nosy busybody)
Quid pro quo – Something for something. i.e. A favor for a favor
Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur – Anything said in Latin sounds profound
Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur – What are you laughing at? Just change the name and the joke’s on you. (Horace)
Quidnunc? Or Quid nunc? – What now? As a noun, a quidnunc is a busybody or a gossip
Quidquid agis, prudenter agas et respice finem! – Whatever you do, do cautiously, and look to the end
Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes – Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even bearing gifts. (Vergil)
Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur – Anything said in Latin sounds profound
Quidvis Recte Factum Quamvis Humile Praeclarum – Whatever is rightly done, however humble, is noble
Quieta non movere – Don’t move settled things, or Don’t rock the boat
Quinon proficit deficit – He who does not advance, go backwards
Quique amavit, cras amet – May he love tomorrow who has never loved before;
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes – Who shall keep watch over the guardians? (Luvenalis) Don’t assign a fox to guard the henhouse
Quis separabit? – Who shall separate us?
Quis, quid, ubi, quibus auxiliis, cur, quomodo, quando? – Who, what, where, with what, why, how, when?
Quisque comoedum est – Everybody is a comedian
Quo ad hoc – As much as this (to this extent)
Quo animo? – With what spirit? (or intent?)
Quo fas et gloria docunt – Where right and glory lead
Quo iure? – By what law?
Quo signo nata es? – What’s your sign?
Quo usque tandem abutere, catilina, patientia nostra? – How long will you abuse our patience, Catiline? (Cicero)
Quo vadis? – Where are you going? / Whither goest thou?
Quod bonum, felix faustumque sit! – May it be good, fortunate and prosperous! (Cicero)
Quod differtur, non aufertur – That which is postponed is not dropped. Inevitable is yet to happen. (Sir Thomas More)
Quod erat demonstrandum (QED) – Which was to be demonstrated
Quod erat faciendum (QEF) – Which was to be done
Quod erat in veniendum – Which was to be found
Quod est (qe) – Which is
Quod foetet? – What’s that bad smell?
Quod incepimus conficiemus – What we have begun we shall finish
Quod licet Iovi non licet bovi – What Jupiter (supreme God) is allowed to do, cattle (people) are not
Quod minimum specimen in te ingenii? – What microscopic evidence of wit can be found in you?
Quod natura non sunt turpia – What is natural cannot be bad
Quod vide (qv) – See this thing
Quomodo cogis comas tuas sic videri? – How do you get your hair to do that?
Quomodo vales – How are you?
Quorum – Of whom
Quos amor verus tenuit, tenebit – True love will hold on to those whom it has held. (Seneca)
Quot homines, tot sententiae – As many men, so as many opinions
Qvae nocent docent – Things that hurt, teach. School of Hard Knocks
Qvaerenda pecvnia primvm est, virtvs post nvmmos – Money is the first thing to be sought [then] virtue after wealth
Qvalis artifex pereo – Such an artist dies in me – Emperor Nero’s famous last words
Qvalis pater talis filivs – Like father like son. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree
Qvandoqve bonvs dormitat homervs – Sometimes [even the] good Homer sleeps. You win some, you lose some
Qvi bene amat bene castigat – Who loves well castigates well. Spare the rod and spoil the child
Qvi desiderat pacem praeparat bellvm – Who desires peace [should] prepare [for] war
Qvi docent discit – He who teaches, learns. (George Bernard Shaw)
Qvi fvgiebat rvrsvs proeliabitvr – He who has fled will do battle once more. He who fights and runs away may live to fight another day
Qvi me amat, amat et canem meam – Who loves me loves my dog as well. Love me love my dog
Qvi nescit dissimlare nescit regnare – He who doesn’t know how to lie doesn’t know how to rule
Qvid novi? – What’s new? ‘What’s up?’
Qvod cibvs est aliis, aliis est wenenum – What is food to some is poison to others. One man’s meat is another poison
Qvod cito acqviritvr cito perit – [that] which is quickly acquired [is] quickly lost. Eeasy come, easy go
Qvod erat demonstrandvm – [that] which has been demonstrated – a statement of logical proof, especially in mathematics and law, abbreviated Q.E.D
Qvod vive (q.v) – Which see – a scholarly cross-reference

R

Radicitus, comes! – Really rad, dude!
Radix lecti – Couch potato
Radix omnium malorum est cupiditas – The love of money is the root of all evil. Avarice is the problem, money itself is not evil
Raptus regaliter – Royally screwed
Rara avis – A rare bird, i.e. An extraodinary or unusual thing. (Juvenal)
Ratio decidendi – The reason for the decision
Ratio et consilium propriae ducis artes – Reason and deliberation are the proper skills of a general
Ratio legis est anima legis – The reason of the law is the soul of the law
Re vera, cara mea, mea nil refert – Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn
Re vera, potas bene – Say, you sure are drinking a lot
Re – Concerning
Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem! – Stand aside plebians! I am on imperial business!
Recto – On the right
Redde Caesari quae sunt Caesaris – Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s
Redivivus – Come back to life
Redolet lvcernam – [it] smells of the lamp – critical remark that one worked too hard on something
Reductio ad absurdum – Reduction to the absurd. (proving the truth of a proposition by proving the falsity of all its alternatives)
Referendum – Something to be referred
Regina – Queen
Regnat non regitur qui nihil nisi quod vult facit – He is a king and not a subject who does only what he wishes. (Syrus)
Regnat populus – Let the People rule
Relata refero – I tell what I have been told. (Herodotos)
Religious loci – The (religious) spirit of the place
Rem tene, verba sequentur – Keep to the subject and the words will follow. (Cato Senior)
Repetitio est mater memoriae/ studiorum/ – Repetition is the mother of memory/studies
Requiescat in pace (RIP) – May he/she rest in peace
Rerum concordia discors – The concord of things through discord. (Horace)
Res firma mitescere nescit – A firm resolve does not know how to weaken
Res gestae – Things done
Res in cardine est – The matter is on a door hinge things are balanced on a knife’s edge
Res inter alios – A matter between others it’s not our busines
Res ipsa loquitur – The thing speaks for itself
Res judicata – Thing already judged upon
Res melius evinissent cum coca – Things go better with Coke
Res publica – The public thing
Res severa est verum gaudium – True joy is a serious thing. (Seneca)
Res tantum valet quantum vendi potest – A thing is worth only what someone else will pay for it
Respice finem – Look to the end
Respice post te, mortalem te esse memento – Look around you, remember that you are mortal. (Tertullianus)
Respice, adspice, prospice – Examine the past, examine the present, examine the future (look to the past, the present, the future)
Respondeat superior – Let the superior answer (a supervisor must take responsibility for the quality of a subordinate’s work)
Resurgam – I shall rise again
Revelare pecunia! – Show me the money!
Revera linguam latinam vix cognovi – I dont really know all that much Latin
Rex non potest peccare – The king cannot sin
Rex regnant sed non gubernat – The king reigns but does not govern
Rex – King
Rident stolidi verba latina – Fools laugh at the Latin language. (Ovid)
Ridentem dicere verum quid vetat? – What forbids a laughing man from telling the truth? (Horace)
Rigor mortis – The rigidity of death
Risu inepto res ineptior nulla est – There is nothing more foolish than a foolish laugh. (Catullus)
Risus abundat in ore stultorum – Abundant laughs in the mouth of the foolish – too much hilarity means foolishness
Roma locuta est. Causa finita est – Rome has spoken. The cause is finished
Romani ite domum – Romans go home!
Romani quidem artem amatoriam invenerunt – You know, the Romans invented the art of love
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
Rumores volant. / Rumor volat – Rumors fly. / Rumor flies
S

Saepe creat molles aspera spina rosas – Often the prickly thorn produces tender roses. (Ovid)
Saepe ne utile quidem est scire quid futurum sit – Often it is not even advantageous to know what will be. (Cicero)
Saepe stilum vertas – May you often turn the stylus (You should make frequent corrections.)
Salus populi suprema lex – The safety of the people is the supreme law. (Cicero)
Salva veritate – With truth preserved
Salve (plural salvete) – Hail; welcome
Salve sis – May you be well
Salve veritate – Saving the truth
Salve(te) – Greetings!
Salve – Hello
Sanctum sanctorum – The holy of holies
Sane ego te vocavi. forsitan capedictum tuum desit – I did call. Maybe your answering machine is broken
Sapere aude! – Dare to be wise! (Horace)
Sapiens nihil affirmat quod non probat – A wise man states as true nothing he does not prove (don’t swear to anything you don’t know firsthand)
Sartor resartus – The tailor patched
Sat sapienti – Enough for a wise man. (Plautus)
Satis – Enough
Satius est impunitum relinqui facinus nocentis, quam innocentem damnari – It is better that a crime is left unpunished than that an innocent man is punished. (Corpus Iuris Civilis)
Scala Caeli – The ladder of heaven
Scala naturae – The ladder of nature
Scandalum magnatum – Scandal of magnates
Schola cantorum – School of singers
Scientia est potentia – Knowledge is power
Scientia non habet inimicum nisp ignorantem – Science has no enemies but the ignorants
Scilicet (sc.) – That is to say
Scio cur summae inter se dissentiant! Numeris Romanis utor! – I know why the numbers don’t agree! I use Roman numerals!
Scio me nihil scire – I know that I know nothing. Certain knowledge cannot be obtained. (Socrates)
Scire tuum nihil est, nisi te scire hoc sciat alter – Your knowledge is nothing when no one else knows that you know it
Sciri facias – Cause (him) to know
Scito te ipsum – Know yourself
Scribere est agere – To write is to act
Scripsit – He/she wrote it
Sculpsit – He/she engraved it
Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes? – Who watches the watchmen? (Juvenal)
Sedit qui timuit ne non succederet – He who feared he would not succeed sat still. (For fear of failure, he did nothing.) (Horace)
Semper fidelis – Always faithful
Semper idem – Always the same thing. (Cicero)
Semper inops quicumque cupit – Whoever desires is always poor. (Claudian)
Semper letteris mandate – Always get it in writing!
Semper paratus – Always prepared
Semper superne nitens – Always striving upwards
Semper ubi sub ubi ubique – Always wear underwear everywhere
Senatus Populusque Romanus (SPQR) – The Senate and the Roman people
Sensu lato – Broadly speaking
Sensu stricto – Strictly speaking
Sensu stricto, nullo metro compositum est – Strictly speaking, it doesn’t rhyme
Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare – I think some people in togas are plotting against me
Sequens (seq.) – The following (one)
Sequens mirabitur aetas – The following age will be amazed
Sequentia (seqq.) – The following (ones)
Seriatim – One after another in order
Serva me, servabo te – Save me and I will save you. (Petronius Arbiter)
Si Deus pro nobis quis contra nos – If God is with us who is against us
Si fallatis officium, quaestor infitias eat se quicquam scire de factis vestris – If you fail, the secretary will disavow all knowledge of your activities
Si fecisti nega! – If you did it, deny it (stonewall!)
Si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit – If the end is good, everything will be good (all’s well that ends well)
Si fractum non sit, noli id reficere – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes – Essentially it says, ‘if you can read this, you’re overeducated.’
Si hoc non legere potes tu asinus es – If you can’t read this, you’re an ass
Si minor plus est ergo nihil sunt omnia – If less is more, then nothing is everything
Si monumentum requiris circumspice – If you seek a monument, look around
Si post fata venit gloria non propero – If glory comes after death, I’m not in a hurry (if one must die to be recognised, I can wait)
Si sapis, sis apis – If you are wise, be a bee
Si tacuisses, philosophus manisses – If you had kept quiet, you would have remained a philosopher. (Boethius)
Si tu id aeficas, ei venient. Ager somnia – If you build it, they will come
Si vis amari, ama – If you wish to be loved, love. (Seneca)
Si vis pacem, para bellum – If you want peace, prepare for the war. (Vegetius)
Sic ad nauseam – And so on to the point of causing nausea
Sic erat in fatis – So it was fated
Sic faciunt omnes – Everyone is doing it
Sic friatur crustum dulce – That’s the way the cookie crumbles
Sic itur ad astra – Such is the path to the stars (i.e. Gain reputation) (Vergil)
Sic passim – Thus everywhere
Sic semper tyrannis – Thus always to tyrants – a statement often accompanying a regicide
Sic transit gloria mundi – So passes the glory of the world
Sic volo, sic iubeo – I want this, I order this. (Juvenalis)
Sic – Thus, just so
Silent enim leges inter arma – Laws are silent in times of war. (Cicero)
Simia quam similis, turpissimus bestia, nobis! – How like us is that very ugly beast the monkey. (Cicero)
Simplex munditiis – Unaffected by manners. (Horace)
Simpliciter – Naturally; without qualification
Sine cura – Without a care
Sine die – Without a day (indefinitely)
Sine ira et studio – Without anger or bias. (Tacitus)
Sine loco (sl) – Without place
Sine nobilitatis – Without nobility (SNOB)
Sine prole (sp) – Without issue
Sine qua non – Something/someone indispensable
Sine sole sileo – Without the sun I’m silent. (sundial inscription)
Siste, viator – Wait, traveler – inscription on Roman tombstones
Sit tibi terra levis – May the earth be light upon you – tombstone inscription
Sit vis vobiscum – May the Force be with you. (Star Wars)
Sobria inebrietas – Sober intoxication
Sol omnibus lucet – The sun shines upon us all. (Petronius)
Sola lingua bona est lingua mortua – The only good language is a dead language
Solitudinem fecerunt, pacem appelunt – They made a desert and called it peace. (Tacitus)
Solum potestis prohibere ignes silvarum – Only you are can prevent forest fires
Sona si latine loqueris – Honk if you speak Latin
Sotto voce – In soft voice
Spectaculorum procedere debet – The show must go on
Spectatvm venivnt, venivnt spectentvr vt ipsae – They come to see, they come that they themselves be seen ‘to see and be seen
Spemque metumque inter dubiis – Hover between hope and fear. (Vergil)
Spero melior – I hope for better things
Spero nos familiares mansuros – I hope we’ll still be friends
Spiritus asper – Rough breathing
Spiritus lenis – Smooth breathing
Splendide mendax – Splendidly false. (Horace)
Splendor sine occasu – Splendour without end
Stabat Mater – The mother was standing
Stare decisis – To stand by things decided
Status quo – The current state of being
Stercus accidit – Shit happens
Stet – Let it stand
Struit insidias lacrimis cum femina plorat – When a woman weeps, she is setting traps with her tears. (Dionysius Cato)
Studium discendi voluntate quae cogi non potest constat – Study depends on the good will of the student, a quality which cannot be secured by compulsion
Stultior stulto fuisti, qui tabellis crederes! – Idiot of idiots, to trust what is written!
Stultorum calami carbones moenia chartae – Chalk is the pen of fools, walls (their) paper No Graffiti please. Showing that graffiti is nothing new
Stultorum infinitus est numerus – Infinite is the number of fools. (Bible)
Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes – It is foolish to fear that which you cannot avoid. (Publilius Syrus)
Stultus est sicut stultus facit – Stupid is as stupid does
Sua cuique voluptas – Everyone has his own pleasures
Sub dio – Under the open sky
Sub iudice – Under a judge
Sub judice – Before a court
Sub lite – In dispute
Sub poena – Under penalty of law
Sub rosa – Under the rose. Secretly or in confidence
Sub secreto – In secret
Sub silentio – In silence
Sub sole nihil novi est – There’s nothing new under the sun
Sub voce (sv) – Under the voice
Subucula tua apparet – Your slip is showing
Suggestio falsi – Suggestion of something false
Suggestio veri, suggestio falsi – An intimation of truth, an intimation of falcity
Sui generis – Of his/her/its kind
Sui iuris – Of one’s own right
Sum, ergo edo – I am, therefore I eat
Summa cum laude – With highest honor
Summam scrutemur – Let’s look at the bottom line
Summum bonum – The highest good
Summum ius, summa iniuria – The extreme law is the greatest injustice. (Cicero)
Sumptus censum ne superet – Let not your spending exceed your income (live within your means)
Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt – These are the tears of things, and our mortality cuts to the heart. (Vergil)
Sunt pueri pueri, puerilia tractant – Children are children, (therefore) children do childish things
Suntne vacci laeti – Are your cows happy?
Suo iure – In one’s own right
Suo jure – In one’s rightful place
Suos cuique mos – Everyone has his customs. (Gellius)
Supra – Above or on an earlier page
Sursum corda – Lift up your hearts (to God)
Suum cuique pulchrum est – To each his own is beautiful. (Cicero)
Svi generis – Of its own kind unique

T

Tabula rasa – A clean slate. Person that knows nothing
Tacet – Silence
Tam diu minime visu! – Long time, no see!
Tam exanimis quam tunica nehru fio – I am as dead as the nehru jacket
Tamdiu discendum est, quamdiu vivas – We should learn as long as we may live. (We live and learn.) (Seneca Philosophus)
Tamquam alter idem – As if a second self. (Cicero)
Tanta stultitia mortalium est – What fools these mortals be
Tantum eruditi sunt liberi – Only the educated are free. (Epictetus)
Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum – So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds. (Lucretius)
Tarditas et procrastinatio odiosa est – Delay and procrastination is hateful. (Cicero)
Te audire non possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure – I can’t hear you. I have a banana in my ear
Te capiam, cunicule sceleste! – I’ll get you, you wascally wabbit!
Te Deum – Thee, God [we praise]
Te igitur – Thee, therefore
Te nosce – Know thyself
Te precor dulcissime supplex! – Pretty please with a cherry on top!
Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis – The times change, and we change with them. (John Owen)
Tempore – In the time of
Tempus edax rerum – Time is the devourer of things (time flies)
Tempus fugit, non autem memoria – Time flies, but not memory
Tempus fugit – Time flees
Tempus incognitum – Time unknown
Tempus neminem manet – Time waits for no one
Tempus omnia sed memorias privat – Time deprives all but memories
Ter in die (t.i.d.) – Three times a day
Terminus a quo – The end from which
Terminus ad quem – The end to which
Terra firma – Solid ground
Terra incognita – Unknown land
Terra nullius – Uninhabited land
Tertium quid – A third something
Tetigisti acu – You have hit the nail on the head. (Plautus)
Theatrum mundi – The theatre of the world
Tibi gratias agimus quod nihil fumas – Thank you for not smoking
Timendi causa est nescire – Ignorance is the cause of fear. (Seneca)
Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes – I fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts. (Virgil)
Timor mortis conturbat me – The fear of death confounds me
Tintinnuntius meus sonat! – There goes my beeper!
Tolerabiles ineptiae – Bearable absurdities
Totidem verbis – In so many words
Totum dependeat! – Let it all hang out!
Trahimur omnes laudis studio – We are all led on by our eagerness for praise. (Cicero)
Transire suum pectus mundoque potiri – To overcome one’s human limitations and become master of the universe
Transit umbra, lux permanet – Shadow passes, light remains (On a sun dial)
Tu autem – You, also
Tu fui, ego eris – What you are, I was. What I am, you will be. (This is found on graves and burial sites)
Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito – Yield not to misfortunes, but advance all the more boldly against them
Tu quoque Brute, file mi! – You too Bruto, my son! (Caesar’s last words)
Tu quoque – You likewise
Tu stupidus es – You are dumb
Tu, rattus turpis! – You dirty rat!
Tua mater tam antiquior ut linguam latine loquatur – Your mother is so old she speaks Latin
Tua toga suspina est – Your toga is backwards
Tuis pugis pignore! – You bet your bippy!
Tum podem extulit horridulum – You are talking shit

U

Uberrimae fidei – Of the utmost good faith
Ubi amor, ibi oculus – Where love is, there is insight
Ubi bene, ibi patria – Where you feel good, there is your home
Ubi concordia, ibi victoria – Where is the unity, there is the victory. (Publius Syrus)
Ubi dubium ibi libertas – Where there is doubt, there is freedom
Ubi est mea anaticula cumminosa? – Wheres my rubber ducky?
Ubi fumus, ibi ignis – Where there’s smoke, there’s fire
Ubi maior, minor cessat – The weak (minor) capitulates before the strong (major)
Ubi mel ibi apes – Where honey, there bees, i.e., if you want support, you must offer something in return
Ubi revera (Ubi re vera) – When, in reality
Ubi spiritus est cantus est – Where there is spirit there is song
Ubi sunt? – Where are they (the good old days)?
Ubi supra – Where (cited) above
Ubicumque homo est, ibi benefici locus est – Wherever there is a man, there is a place of/for kindness/service
Ubique – Everywhere
Ultima ratio regum – The final argument of kings
Ultima ratio – Ultimate sanction
Ultima Thule – The most distant Thule
Ultimo (ult.) – Of the previous month
Ultimus Romanorum – The last of the Romans
Ultra posse nemo obligatur – No one is obligated beyond what he is able to do
Ultra vires – Beyond the powers or legal authority
Un idea perplexi na – The idea is strange to us
Una hirundo non facit ver – One Swallow does not make Summer. (Horace)
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
Una voce – With one’s voice
Unitam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant! – May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy!
Unitas mirabile vinculum – The wonderful bond of unity
Unum necessarium – The one necessary
Unus multorum – One of many. (Horace)
Urbanus et instructus – A gentleman and a scholar
Urbem lateritiam invenit, marmoream reliquit – He found a city [Rome] of bricks and left a city of marble. (Augustus)
Urbi et orbi – To the city [Rome] and to the globe – a blessing of the pope
Ut ameris, ama! – To be loved, love!
Ut desint vires, tamen est laudanda voluntas – Although the power is lacking, the will is commendable. (Ovid)
Ut dictum (ut dict.) – As directed
Ut humiliter opinor – In my humble opinion
Ut incepit fidelis sic permanet – As loyal as she began, so she remains
Ut infra – As below
Ut sementem feceris, ita metes – As you sow, so shall you reap. (Cicero)
Ut si! – As if!
Ut sit magna, tamen certe lenta ira deorum est – The wrath of the gods may be great, but it certainly is slow
Ut supra (ut sup.) – As above
Uti foro – To play the market
Uti possidetis – As you possess
Uti, non abuti – To use, not abuse
Utile et dulce – Useful and pleasant
Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant! – May barbarians invade your personal space!
Utinam coniurati te in foro interficiant! – May conspirators assassinate you in the mall!
Utinam populus romanus unam cervicem haberet! – If only the Roman people had one neck!
Uva uvam videndo varia fit – A grape changes color in seeing another grape. A bad/good friend makes you a bad/good person
V

Vacca foeda – Stupid cow
Vacca, vacca, vacca – Cow, cow, cow
Vade in pace – Go in peace. (Roman way of saying goodbye)
Vade mecum – Come with me. A constant companion
Vae victis! – Woe to the conquered! (vanquished) (Livy)
Vagans – Cruising
Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur – Oh! Was I speaking Latin again? Silly me. Sometimes it just sort of slips out
Vale, lacerte! – See you later, alligator!
Vale – Farewell
Valui ad satanam in computatrum meum invocandum – I succeeded in summoning satan into my computer
Vanitas vanitatvm, omnis vanitas – Vanity of vanities, all is vanity
Varia lecto (v.l.) – Variant reading
Variatio delectat – There’s nothing like change! (Cicero)
Variorum – Of various people
Velle est posse – To be willing is to be able
Veni vidi duci – I came, I saw, I calculated
Veni, vidi, vici – I came, I saw, I conquered. (Julius Caesar)
Veni, Vidi, Visa – I Came, I Saw, I Shopped
Veni, Vidi, volo in domum redire – I came, I saw, I want to go home
Venienti occurrite morbo – Meet the misfortune as it comes. (Persius)
Venire facias – You must make come
Ventis secundis, tene cursum – Go with the flow
Ventis secundis, tene/tenete cursum – The winds being favorable, hold the course
Verba de futuro – Words about the future
Verba movent, exempla trahunt – Words move people, examples draw/compel them. Deeds, not words, give the example
Verba volant, (littera) scripta manet – Words fly away, the written (letter) remains
Verbatim et litteratim – Word for word and letter for letter
Verbatim – Exactly as said
Verbum sapienti satis est (verb. sap.) – A word to the wise is sufficient. Enough said
Veritas Lux Mea – The truth enlightens me / The truth is my light
Veritas numquam perit – Truth never perishes. (Seneca)
Veritas odit moras – Truth hates delay. (Seneca)
Veritas vincit – Truth conquers
Veritas vos liberabit – The truth will set you free
Verso – Reverse
Versus – Against
Verum et factum convertuntur – The true and the made are interchangeable. One can know with certainty only what he have created himself
Verveces tui similes pro ientaculo mihi appositi sunt – I have jerks like you for breakfast
Vesanum poetam qui sapiunt fugiunt – Anyone with a brain flees a versifying poet
Vescere bracis meis – Eat my shorts
Vestigia terrent – The footprints frighten me. (Horace)
Vestis virum reddit – The clothes make the man. (Quintilianus)
Veto – I forbid
Vi et armis – By force and arms
Via Crucis – The Way of the Cross
Via Dolorosa – The Way of Sorrow
Via Lactea – The Milky Way
Via media – A middle way or course
Via – By way of
Vice versa – In reverse order
Vice – In place of
Victis honor – Honour to the vanquished
Victoria Imperatrix Regina (VIR) – Victoria, Empress and Queen
Victoria Regina (VR) – Queen Victoria
Victoria Regina et Imperatrix (VRI) – Victoria, Queen and Empress
Victoria, non praeda – Victory, not loot
Victurus te saluto – He who is about to win salutes you
Vide et credere – See and believe
Vide ut supra – See the above
Vide – See
Videlicet (viz.) – That is to say; To wit; Namely
Video meliora proboque deteriora sequor – I see the better way and approve it, but I follow the worse way
Videre est credere – Seeing is believing
Videtis quantum scelus contra rem publicam vobis nuntiatum sit? – How great an evil do you see that may have been announced by you against the Republic? (Cicero)
Vidistine nuper imagines moventes bonas? – Seen any good movies lately?
Vigilando, agendo, bene consulendo, prospera omnia cedunt – By watching, by doing, by counsulting well, these things yield all things prosperous. (Sallust)
Vincere est totum – To win is everything
Vincit omnia amor – Love conquers all
Vincit omnia veritas – Truth conquers all
Vincit qui se vincit – He conquers who conquers himself
Vinculum unitatis – The bond of unity
Vinum bellum iucunumque est, sed animo corporeque caret – It’s a nice little wine, but it lacks character and depth
Vinum et musica laetificant cor – Wine and music gladden the heart
Vir bonus, dicendi peritus – A good man, skilled in speaking. (definition of an orator) (Cato the Elder)
Vir prudens non contra ventum mingit – A wise man does not urinate against the wind
Vir sapit qui pauca loquitor – It is a wise man who speaks little
Vir sapit qui pauca loquitur – That man is wise who talks little (know when to hold your tongue)
Vires acquirit eundo – It gains strength by going / as it goes. (Virgil)
Virginibus puerisque – For maidens and youths
Virgo intacta – Intact virgin
Viri sunt viri – Men are slime
Virtus in medio stat – Virtue stands in the middle
Virtute et armis – By courage and by arms
Virtvs probata florescit – Manly excellence in trial flourished
Virtvtis fortvna comes – Good luck is the companion of courage
Virum mihi, Camena, insece versutum – Tell me, O Muse, of the skillful man. (Livius Andronicus)
Virus – Poison or slime
Vis comica – Sense of humour
Vis consili expers mole ruit sua – Brute force bereft of wisdom falls to ruin by its own weight. (Discretion is the better part of valor) (Horace)
Vis inertiae – The power of inertia – why things never change
Vis maior – Higher force
Vis medicatrix naturae – The healing power of nature
Visa – Things seen
Visne saltare? Viam Latam Fungosam scio – Do you want to dance? I know the Funky Broadway
Visne saltare? – Do you want to dance?
Vita brevis, ars lunga – Life is short, art is long
Vita contin git. Vive com eo – Life happens. Live with it
Vita luna! – Crazy life!
Vita mutatur, non tollitur – Life is changed, not taken away
Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est – Life is more than merely staying alive
Vita sine libris mors est – Life without books is death
Vitam impendere vero – To risk one’s life for the truth
Vitam regit fortuna, non sapientia – Fortune, not wisdom, rules lives. (Cicero)
Vitanda est improba siren desidia – One must avoid that wicked temptress, Laziness. (Horace)
Vitiis nemo sine nascitur – No-one is born without faults. (Horace)
Viva voce – With living voice
Vivat regina – Long live the queen
Vivat rex – Long live the king
Vivat, crescat, floreat! – May he/she/it live, grow, and flourish!
Vive hodie – Live today (not tomorrow)
Vive vt vivas – Live that you may live
Vivere commune est, sed non commune mereri – Everybody lives; not everybody deserves to
Vivere disce, cogita mori – Learn to live; Remember death. (sundial inscription)
Vivos voco, mortuos plango – I call the living, I mourn the dead. (church bell inscription)
Vix ulla tam iniqua pax, quin bello vel aequissimo sit potior – Scarcely is there any peace so unjust that it is better than even the fairest war. (Erasmus)
Vixere fortes ante agamemnona – Brave men lived before Agamemnon. (heroism exists even if it’s not recorded)
Vixit – He/she has lived
Vltima ratio regvm – The final argument of kings. (motto of Louis XIV on his cannon)
Vltra vires – Beyond [one’s] authority outside the jurisdiction
Volens et potens – Willing and able
Volente Deo – God willing
Volenti non fit iniuria – A person who consents does not suffer injustice
Volo anaticulam cumminosam meam! – I want my rubber ducky!
Volo, non valeo – I am willing but unable
Volvptates commendat rarior vsvs – Infrequent use commends pleasure. (moderation in all things)
Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite mores – You cling to your own ways and leave mine to me. (Petrarch)
Vox clamantis in deserto – Voice crying in the desert. (voice in the wilderness unheeded warning, an opinion not in the mainstream
Vox populi, vox Dei – The voice of the people is the voice of God. (Public opinion is obligatory)
Vox populi – The voice of the people
Vrbi et orbi – To the city and to the world. (preface of Papal documents)
Vulnerant omnes, ultima necat – Every (hour) wounds, the last kills. (sundial inscription)
Vulpem pilum mutat, non mores – A fox may change its hair, not its tricks. (People change behaviour but not their aims)
Vultus est index animi – The face is the index of the soul/mind
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