We took our son to college and this was written over one of the doors on campus. I cannot figure out what it means! Can anyone here help? I assume it is Latin, but...


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Literally, "force wins". (Force/violence/strength/power, overcomes/overpowers/overtakes.)

  • I guess I now need to know how it is pronounced. Can you send me a phonetic spelling or something?
    – jsmolarz
    Oct 9, 2019 at 12:12
  • An astonishing thing to write on the portal of a seat of learning.
    – fdb
    Oct 9, 2019 at 18:39
  • @tony. No, it cannot mean that.
    – fdb
    Oct 11, 2019 at 12:01
  • @fdb: it's superAT, not superARE; yes, of course it is, silly me! Perhaps this building was once a training school for a right-wing police force?
    – tony
    Oct 11, 2019 at 13:22

I believe it's something along the lines of "Strength Overcomes", or "Strength Conquers".

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    Vis means “force” in the singular and “strength” in the plural, so it should be “force overcomes” or “force conquers.” Oct 9, 2019 at 1:42
  • Thank you also, this site is awesome. I've been using those web translator apps for months to no avail, and companies that specialize in translation wanted over a hundred dollars...
    – jsmolarz
    Oct 9, 2019 at 12:05

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