Latin Phrases & Words Still Used Today


a contrario= from the opposite

a falsis principiis proficisci = to set forth from false principles

ab antiquo = from ancient times

ab epistulis = from the letters

absolvo = I acquit

ad hoc = to this

ad infinitum = to infinity

ad referendum = to be proposed

affidavit = sworn statement

agenda = things to be done

alias = an assumed name

alma mater = nourishing mother

alter ego = another self

anno = in the year

Anno Domini (A.D.) = in the name of the Lord

annus horribilis = horrible year

aqua = water

aqua vitae = water of life

aurora borealis = northern lights

Ave Maria = Hail Mary

bis vivit qui bene vivit  = he lives twice who lives well

bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria = He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory

bona fide = in good faith

carpe diem = seize the moment

circa = around

culpa = fruit

cum laude = with praise

curriculum vitae = course of life (CV)

custodia legis =  In the custody of law

divide et impera = Divide and conquer

dimidium facti qui coepit habet = He who has begun has the work half done

durate et vosmet rebus servate secundis = Carry on and preserve yourselves for better times

errare humanum est =  To err is human

ex curia  = Out of court

faber est quisque fortunae suae = every man is architect of his own fortune

in vino veritas =  There is truth in wine

ipsa scientia potestas est = Knowledge itself is power.

nil desperandum = Never despair

nulli secundus /nulli secunda  = Second to none

veritas vos liberabit = The truth shall make you free

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