Latin phrases in english

A cappella – [Music] in church [style], i. e. unacompanied voices.

A priori – From what comes before.

Ad absurdum – To the point of absurdity.

Ad hoc – For this purpose.

Ad infinitum – Without limit – endlessly.

Ad nauseam – To a sickening extent.

Alma Mater – One’s old school (literally ‘bounteous mother’).

Alter ego – Other (alternative) self.

Annus horribilis – A horrible year.

Agnus Dei – Lamb of God.

Aqua pura – Pure water.

Aqua vitae – Alcoholic spirit, e. g. brandy/whisky. Literally ‘water of life’.

Ars longa, vita brevis – Skill takes time to acquire, but life is short.

Ave Maria – Hail Mary.

Carpe diem – Seize the day (More literally translated as ‘enjoy the day, pluck it when it is ripe’).

Caveat emptor – Let the buyer beware.

Cogito ergo sum – I think, therefore I am.

Corpus Christi – The body of Christ.

De facto – In fact – in reality.

Dei Gratia – By the grace of God.

E Pluribus Unum – One from many.

Et cetera (etc.) – And the rest.

Et tu, Brute – And you, Brutus.

Ex libris – ‘Out of the books’, i. e. from the library.

Gloria in excelsis deo – Glory to God in the highest.

Habeas corpus – You must have the body (in court).

In absentia – In one’s absence.

In camera – In private chamber.

In flagrante delicto – In the act of committing an offence.

In loco parentis – In the place of a parent.

In vitro – In a test tube (literally ‘in glass’).

Ipso facto – By that very fact.

Magnum opus – A great work.

Mea culpa – My fault.

Modus operandi (m.

o.) – Mode of operating.

Nolens volens – Willingly or unwillingly (see also, willy-nilly).

Post partum – After childbirth.

Praemonitus, praemunitus – Forewarned is forearmed.

Prima facie – At first sight; on the face of it.

Pro bono – Without charge – for the public good.

Opus Dei – The work of God.

Quid pro quo – Something for something, i. e. a favour for a favour.

Quo vadis? – Where are you going?

Rigor mortis – The rigidity of death.

Semper fidelis – Always faithful.

Sine qua non – Indispensable.

Status quo – The current state of affairs.

Sub judice – Before a court.

Tempus fugit – Time flees.

Terra firma – Solid ground.

Urbi et orbi – To the city and to the globe.

Veni vidi vici – I came, I saw, I conquered.

Vice versa – The other way around.

Vivat Regina – Long live the queen.

Vox populi – The voice of the people.

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Latin phrases in english