Latin Phrases and Quotes

Latin is not a dead language. It is still here with us. You can find it on your dollar bill on top of the pyramid where it says "Annuit Coeptis" or on the detective TV shows, where they talk about a suspect's "MO" (Modus Operandi). Here you can find thousands of Latin phrases and their English translation. You may want to learn some of these, because quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur (anything said in Latin sounds smart).

  1. A barba stulti discit tonsor - In the beard of a fool, you learn how to shave
  2. A bene placito - At one's pleasure
  3. A bonis ad meliora - From good to better
  4. A bove ante, ab asino retro, a muliere undique caveto - Beware of the bull from the front, the donkey from behind, and women from all sides
  5. A bove maiori discit arare minor - From the old ox the young ox learns how to plow
  6. A calvo ad calvum - From one bald-person to another (From first to last - Suetonius - attributed to Caligula)
  7. A cane muto et aqua silente cave tibi - Beware of the dog that does not bark, and of silent waters
  8. A capillo usque ad ungues - From the hair to the toe nails (Petronius - Satyricon 102, 3)
  9. A capite ad calcem - From head to toe
  10. A cappella - Chapel style (Choral signing without instruments)
  11. A coelo usque ad centrum - From heaven to the centre of the Earth (Thank you: Charlotte)
  12. A cohores fratres viventem in aeternum - A band of brothers who live forever (Thank you: MJB)
  13. A contrariis - To the contrary (Philosophical term used in logic)
  14. A contrario sensu - Contrary to reason
  15. A cruce salus - Salvation from the cross
  16. A cuspide corona - From the spear a crown (Honor gained by military success)
  17. 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)
  18. A digito cognoscitur leo - The lion is known by his claw
  19. A divinis - Of the divine
  20. A fortiori - By force (Legal term - With greater reason)
  21. A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi - Between a cliff and wolf
  22. A fructibus cognoscitur arbor - The tree is known by its fruit
  23. A latere - On the side (Legal term - Denotes collateral)
  24. A limine - From the threshold
  25. A manu servi - With a servant hand (Used to describe the work of a ghost writer)
  26. A mari usque ad mare - From Sea to Sea (Canada's motto)
  27. A maximis ad minima - From the maximum to the minimum
  28. A mensa et thoro - From table and bed (Legal term - separation)
  29. A minima - For being too small (Legal term - Indicates that the case should go to a lower court)
  30. A nativitate - From birth
  31. A non domino - From the non owner (Legal term - Argument from the person who does not own the item in question)
  32. A novo - From new (Again)
  33. A pari - For the same (Philosophical term - Argument based on the similarity and equality of the facts)
  34. A pedibus usque ad caput - From foot to head
  35. A posse ad esse - From possibility to reality (Philosophical term )
  36. A posteriori - After the fact (Legal term - actions after the fact - also philosophical term: from what is before - Inductive reasoning)
  37. A priori - Before the fact (Legal term - Actions before the fact - First speech - Philosophical term: from what is before - Deductive reasoning)
  38. A quo - From which (Legal term - the point which is initial limit of time)
  39. A remotis - From remote (From far away)
  40. A saeculo confregisti iugum tuum, rupisti vincula tua et dixisti: "Non serviam" In omni enim colle sublimi et sub omni ligno frondoso tu prosternebaris meretrix - Long ago you broke off your yoke and tore off your bonds; you said, 'I will not serve you!' Indeed, on every high hill and under every spreading tree you lay down as a prostitute (Vulgate - Jeremiah 2, 20)
  41. A simili - By similarity
  42. A solis ortus cardine - From eastern lands that first see the sun (Ecclesiastical term - Hymn for Lauds of Christmas morning)
  43. A superbia initium sumpsit omnis perditio - From pride takes initiative all perdition
  44. A tempo - In time (Musical term - directive to return to the original tempo)
  45. A verbis ad verbera - From words to blows (Legal term)
  46. A vinculo matrimonii - From the bounds of matrimony (Legal term)
  47. Ab abrupto - Abruptl
  48. Ab absurdo - From the absurd (Philosophical term - used in logic to argue that the oposing position is absurd)
  49. Ab aeterno - From the eternity
  50. Ab alio expectes alteri quod feceris - Expect to receive such treatment as you have given (Syrus - Sententiae)
  51. Ab alta cuncta - From the altitud
  52. Ab amando ductum est amicitiae nomen - From loving (amando) derives the word friendship (amicitiae)
  53. Ab amico reconciliato cave - Beware of the reconciled friend
  54. Ab ante - From before
  55. Ab antecedente - In adavance (Legal term)
  56. Ab antiquo - From a long time ago
  57. Ab Apostolis approbata - Approved by the apostles (Ecclesiastical term)
  58. 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)
  59. Ab exordio generis humani - Since the beginning of the human race
  60. Ab exordio mundi - Since the beginning of the world
  61. Ab exordio vitae - Since the beginning of life
  62. Ab homine quaesivi quis esset - Asked the man, who he was
  63. Ab imis unguibus usque ad verticem summum - From the bottom of the toenail to the highest part of the body (Cicero - Pro Q Roscio Comoedo, 20)
  64. Ab immemorabilis - From when there was no memory
  65. Ab imo pectore - From my chest (Julius Caesar - Frankly - From my heart)
  66. Ab initio - From the beginning
  67. Ab insomne custodita dracone - Protected by a sleepless dragon
  68. Ab integro - By whole
  69. Ab intestato - Having made no will (Legal term)
  70. Ab intra - From within
  71. Ab Iove principium - Start with the most important (Virgil - Aeneid VII - Iove [Jove] is Jupiter, the father of all Roman Gods)
  72. Ab ipso ferro - From the same iron (Fray Luis de Leon's motto)
  73. Ab irato - By anger (Legal term - Something which is invalidated, because it was done with unreasonable anger)
  74. Ab Ordine Libertas - From order comes freedom (Colombia's motto)
  75. Ab ore ad aurem - From mouth to ear (whispering a secret into someone's ear)

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