Latin Phrases and Quotes

Latin is not a dead language. Here you can find hundreds of Latin phrases that are still in used today. Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur (Anything said in Latin sounds smart)

  1. A bene placito - At one's pleasure
  2. A calvo ad calvum - From one bald-person to another (From first to last - Suetonius - attributed to Caligula)
  3. A capella - Chapel style (Choral signing without instruments)
  4. A capite ad calcem - From head to toe
  5. A coelo usque ad centrum - From heaven to the centre of the Earth (Thank you: Charlotte)
  6. A cohores fratres viventem in aeternum - A band of brothers who live forever (Thank you: MJB)
  7. A contrariis - To the contrary (Philosophical term used in logic)
  8. A contrario sensu - Contrary to reason
  9. A Deo rex, a rege lex - From God the King, from the King the law (Motto of the absolute monarchy who thought they derived power by God)
  10. A digito cognoscitur leo - The lion is known by his claw
  11. A fortiori - By force (Legal term - With greater reason)
  12. A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi - Between a cliff and wolf
  13. A fructibus cognoscitur arbor - The tree is known by its fruit
  14. A latere - On the side (Legal term - Denotes collateral)
  15. A limine - From the threshold
  16. A mari usque ad mare - From Sea to Sea (Canada's motto)
  17. A maximis ad minima - From the maximum to the minimum
  18. A mensa et thoro - from board and bed (Legal term - separation)
  19. A nativitate - From birth
  20. A pedibus usque ad caput - From foot to head
  21. A posse ad esse - From possibility to reality (Philosophical term )
  22. A posteriori - After the fact (Legal term - actions after the fact - also philosophical term: from what is before - Inductive reasoning)
  23. A priori - Before the fact (Legal term - Actions before the fact - First speech - Philosophical term: from what is before - Deductive reasoning)
  24. A quo - From which (Legal term - the point which is initial limit of time)
  25. A remotis - From remote (From far away)
  26. A simili - By similarity
  27. A solis ortus cardine - From eastern lands that first see the sun (Ecclesiastical term - Hymn for Lauds of Christmas morning)
  28. A tempo - In time (Musical term - directive to return to the original tempo)
  29. A verbis ad verbera - From words to blows (Legal term)
  30. A vinculo matrimonii - From the bounds of matrimony (Legal term)
  31. Ab abrupto - Abruptl
  32. Ab absurdo - From the absurd (Philosophical term - used in logic to argue that the oposing position is absurd)
  33. Ab aeterno - From the eternity
  34. Ab alio expectes alteri quod feceris - Expect to receive such treatment as you have given (Syrus - Sententiae)
  35. Ab alta cuncta - From the altitud
  36. Ab ante - From before
  37. Ab esse ad posse valet consequentia - As a consequence of the reality, it is a possibility (Philosophical term - Since it is real, it is possible)
  38. Ab homine quaesivi quis esset - Asked the man, who he was
  39. Ab immemorabilis - From when there was no memory
  40. Ab imo pectore - From my chest (Julius Caesar - Frankly - From my heart)
  41. Ab initio - From the beginning
  42. Ab integro - By whole
  43. Ab intestato - Having made no will (Legal term)
  44. Ab intra - From within
  45. Ab Iove principium - Start with the most important (Virgil - Aeneid VII - Iove [Jove] is Jupiter, the father of all Roman Gods.)
  46. Ab ipso ferro - From the same iron (Fray Luis de Leon's motto)
  47. Ab irato - By anger (Legal term - Something which is invalidated, because it was done with unreasonable anger)
  48. Ab Ordine Libertas - From order comes freedom (Colombia's motto)
  49. Ab ore ad aurem - From mouth to ear (whispering a secret into someone's ear)
  50. Ab origine - From origin
  51. Ab ovo - Since the egg (Horace - Ars poetica - Refers to the egg of Leek from which hatched Helen of Troy)
  52. Ab ovo usque ad mala - From the egg to the apple (Horace - Satire - From appetizer to dessert - From start to finish - From soup to nuts)
  53. Ab uno disce omnes - From one learn all (Virgil - Aeneid II )
  54. ab Urbe Condita - a.U.C. - From the founding of the city (To count years since the foundation of Rome - 753 AC )
  55. Ab utraque parte - Of both parties (Legal Term - Gai Institutiones - Common property e.g. an island in the middle a river is the common property of the proprietors on both banks)
  56. Abbas Suburranus - A Suburran Abbot (Pope Anastasius IV (1153-1154) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
  57. Aberratio ictus - Mistake in the blow (Legal term that refers in an error where the wrong person gets hurt, e.g. to shot against one person and kill someone else)
  58. Abeunt studia in mores - Practices passionately pursued become habits (Ovid - Heroides Libri XV)
  59. Abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit - He departed, he withdrew, he strode off, he broke forth (Cicero - Oratio In Catilinam II)
  60. Ablata causa tollitur effectus - If the cause is taken away, its effect will disappear (Medical Maxim)
  61. Abrenuntio - I Renounce (Ecclesiastical term)
  62. Abscedo turpis Diabolus pario - Go away you unclean spawn of Satan
  63. Absentes Tinnitu aurium praesentire sermones de se, receptum est - It is generally admitted that those absent are warned by a ringing in the ears (Pliny the Elder - Naturalis Historia)
  64. Absentis est quos non anhelo - The dead do not breathe
  65. Absolutio ad cautelam - Absolution due to doubt (Ecclesiastical term - Canon Law - When a priest is excommunicated and appeals, he needs to obtain a Ad cautelam to continue to celebrate mass.)
  66. Abusus non est usus, sed corruptela - Abuse is not use, it is corruption (Legal term)
  67. Abusus non tollit usum - The abuse does invalidate the use (Legal term - Abuses shall not prevent to use something correctly)
  68. Abyssus abyssum vocat in voce - Deep calleth on deep (Vulgate - Psalm 41, 8)
  69. Accedant - Enter (Ceremonial term)
  70. Accedite candidatos - Candidates set forward (Ceremonial term)
  71. Accesit - Honorable Mention (Academic term - Lower price given in scientific, literary or artistic work)
  72. Acerba semper et immatura mors eorum qui inmortale aliquid parant - The death of those who prepare something immortal is always hard and premature (Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, Epistue 5, 5, 4)
  73. Acetum habet in pectore - Has vinegar in the chest (Erasmus Adagia II 3.52)
  74. Acta Apostolicae Sedis - The works of the Apostolic See (Ecclesiastical term - Official periodical publication from the Vatican)
  75. Acta diuturna populi Romani - The daily works of the Roman people (A chronical)

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