I've read on Stack Exchange that Absit Invidia means "May Malice Be Gone". Can one also use it then, for example, when a pesky terrible person leave the room, or even say it to them as a command (i.e. to get out because of their malice)? Or is it only a wish?

Basically, I want something other than "bug off" and "F* you" to say against the nasty people I have to work and deal with. This would be relevant in two scenarios: 1. They are there and I want them to leave. 2. They have just left and I want to 'relieve' my soul of them.

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    If you want to see it as a command, how would you phrase it in English or some other language? I imagine "may malice be gone" and "go away, you malicious one" can have the same effect in some situations, but the nuance is different.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Oct 10, 2017 at 19:00
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    Thanks! I edited that explanation into your question. Feel free to re-edit.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Oct 11, 2017 at 5:49
  • @JoonasIlmavirta Thanks Joonas, as always. Joonas and CMW, the usual suspects! :) Much obliged.
    – Johan88
    Oct 11, 2017 at 5:52

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To pun on it but make it a command, try: Absis, invidia, "May you, malice, be gone." Absis is the second person singular, and though it still expresses a wish, it's no different than in English in that respect. (Think of it like a curse.)

If someone has just left, you can use the simple present: Invidia abest, "The malice is away."

  • Thanks alot. That answers my question and addresses both circumstances (when they're there, and when they've left). Fantastic.
    – Johan88
    Oct 11, 2017 at 3:04

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