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 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 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)
  16. A digito cognoscitur leo - The lion is known by his claw
  17. A divinis - Of the divine
  18. A fortiori - By force (Legal term - With greater reason)
  19. A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi - Between a cliff and wolf
  20. A fructibus cognoscitur arbor - The tree is known by its fruit
  21. A latere - On the side (Legal term - Denotes collateral)
  22. A limine - From the threshold
  23. A maiori ad minus - From highest to lowest (Legal term - Argument starting from the top)
  24. A manu servi - With a servant hand (Used to describe the work of a ghost writer)
  25. A mari usque ad mare - From Sea to Sea (Canada's motto)
  26. A maximis ad minima - From the maximum to the minimum
  27. A mensa et thoro - From table and bed (Legal term - separation)
  28. A minima - For being too small (Legal term - Indicates that the case should go to a lower court)
  29. A minori ad maius - From low to high (Legal term - Argument starting from the bottom)
  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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