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What is the meaning of “Ex Lux”, the name of Lucifer Morningstar's new bar?

I've been a fan of Mike Carey's Lucifer comic series, for its believable portrait of a fallen angel. The series spun off from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, which established this incarnation of Lucifer ...
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What was a draco?

The Latin dictionaries I checked suggest that the word draco is attested in classical literature and it is often translated as "dragon". However, it is my impression — which may well be wrong! &...
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Is filius necessarily a biological descendant?

I saw a Latin inscription in a church in Rome years ago, and there was an interesting feature. It mentioned a pope and his filius. We were a couple of Latinists and we agreed that so it said, but we ...
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What are the different ways to say “lonely”?

The English word "lonely" has at least a couple different uses. A person can be lonely — we all know, and have probably felt, this meaning of the word. But also a place can be lonely. A lot of people ...
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“Stantes erant” vs. “stabant”

Triggered by this question. What's the difference in meaning between: Stantes erant pedes nostri, in atriis tuis, Jerusalem. and Stabant pedes nostri, in atriis tuis, Jerusalem. and does this ...
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How did “status quo” get its meaning?

A literal translation of status quo would be, "the state in which". I think this touches on the present-day meaning of the phrase, but I think most would agree that it does not fully capture it. I am ...
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Local homes for local people!

In Cambridge, a pair of £1.25m homes have been spray painted with the slogan "Locus in Domos Loci Populum", which the BBC translates as "Room in the house. Local people". Prof of Classics, Mary Beard ...
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What is the meaning of Satanas?

Satanas is a name I have encountered on several occasions, such as when hearing of a lost silent movie of this name by F. W. Murnau. What is the meaning of the as ending in Satanas?
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Is this a good way to say 'So remember me this way'?

sic este mei memores hec illac I am trying to use it in a poem. It needs to be 10 syllables and the end has to rhyme with 'attack.' Is this a good way to say 'So remember me this way'?
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Translating “Through Intellect, Strength” into Latin

Per Intellectum, Vis What would you fix? Trying to come up with a theme / catchphrase for a family event. I want to signify respect for education, the scientific method and observation.
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Does this Latin phrase make sense grammatically?

I'm writing a poem, and I want to close each part with a Latin phrase. The one I'm talking about now is non serm ab rex regum ergo nos sponte nostrum resurget Using various online resources, I ...
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Does 'verbum' mean both word and verb?

The word verbum means "word", but I want to find out whether it can also have the more specific meaning "verb" (as opposed to other kinds of words). Lewis and Short does not list &...
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Meaning of *iuvenis*

I seem to remember reading that iuvenis referred to someone roughly between 15 and 30. However, my Collins Latin Dictionary states it refers to someone between 30 and 45. Since a man could serve as ...
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Is differens different?

I would like to understand the Latin participle differens and compare it to the English adjective "different". The verb differre means roughly "to carry apart", but Lewis Elementary also lists "to be ...
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Does liberi only refer to free children?

This issue came up in an answer and comments to this earlier question about comparing liberi and filii, and I think it's important enough to be treated in a separate question. Also, the answer to this ...
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What does the phrase “nec non” mean? (Metamorphoses I.612-614)

In this passage from the Metamorphoses, Juno just descended from heaven onto earth to spy the whereabouts of her husband. Jupiter, having foreseen his wife's arrival, changes Io into a heifer. ...
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Quid est differentia inter «opus est» et «necesse est»?

Quid est differentia inter «opus est» et «necesse est»? Exempli gratia,1 "emas non quod opus est, sed quod necesse est; quod non opus est, asse earum est," Quoque «opus est» scriptum est ...
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What does a “si” clause followed by a “nisi” clause mean?

In the Vulgate Bible, I came across this sentence. Vivit Dominus Deus Israel, in cuius conspectu sto, si erit annis his ros et pluvia, nisi iuxta oris mei verba. [As] the Lord God of Israel lives, in ...
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What's the difference between fessus and defessus?

I'm curious to know what the difference is between fessus and defessus. Is de- simply acting as an intensifying prefix? Suppose I were tired at the end of night, and wanted to go to sleep. Would I say ...
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I do what I want VS Quid me vis facere VS Facio quod volo

I have a friend who amazingly makes whatever she wants to have happen in life, happen—regardless of how impossible the feat may seem. I want to work out a translation for her own slogan, something ...
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When and how did “bonus” get to mean “extra”?

In English and many other languages "bonus" means roughly "extra": You can earn bonus points as a frequent flyer or you can answer a bonus question in a game show. But the Latin adjective bonus means "...
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Colors of the rainbow

The classical Latin word for a rainbow seems to be Iris (Iris or Iridis, f.). Did the Romans ever list or otherwise discuss the colors of the rainbow in extant literature? I asked about colors in ...
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Is 'extra' an adverb or preposition here?

At hæc causa (per notam II et III) non potest in ipsa natura humana contineri quandoquidem vera hominis definitio numerum vicenarium non involvit adeoque (per notam IV) causa cur hi viginti homines ...
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What is the Nominative of 'uniuscuiusque'?

This is taken from Spinoza's Ethics: notandum est Iƒ veram uniuscujusque rei definitionem nihil involvere neque exprimere præter rei definitæ naturam. As I can see, it is Adjective in Genitive and ...
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Aut *celer* aut *vēlōx*?

Celer and vēlōx are often treated as synonymous. I feel certain that I learned the technical distinction between them once: that celer was potential speed, while vēlōx was actual speed. So Usain Bolt ...
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Difference between super and supra?

Is there a difference in meaning between super and supra (both with accusative)? Would one indicate motion and the other one position?
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What do the words “tunc tantum” mean together?

Pope Francis tweeted on September 21st, Sermonem confero cum aliquo sincerum tunc tantum agnosco illum esse donum Dei mihique aliquid pretiosum dicturum. Here is my translation. (Credits to Keith ...
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How to use immo?

What does the word immo really mean and how can I use it? I read this and this dictionary entry, and I was left confused. Some of the uses I can understand, but some I cannot. Either I do not have ...
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What does cōcutit mean?

I'm translating the following sentence from Johann Weyer's book De Praestigiis Daemonum, published in 1563: In tam perniciosa varietate fanaticarum & pestilentium opinionum, quibus hoc ævo ...
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“Desinat in piscem” in Horace's Ars Poetica: morphology or looks or what exactly?

This is about the core meaning of desinat in piscem as in: Humano capiti ceruicem pictor equinam iungere si uelit et uarias inducere plumas undique collatis membris, ut turpiter atrum desinat ...
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How does this phrase for most decorated sportsperson translate?

My secondary (middle and high) school has a trophy awarded to the most decorated sportsperson at sports day. From my vague memories, the trophy, and its subsequent winner, are called the Victor ...
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Is there a difference between 'a' and 'de' when the meaning is 'from'?

The Latin preposition de takes an ablative object and has several different translations including 'about', 'of', 'down from' and 'from'. The preposition a/ab also has multiple meanings including '...
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What does this phrase from Roger Eno's “Lost in Translation” mean?

They are the words to the hauntingly beautiful title song in Roger Eno's "Lost in Translation" CD ca. 1995: Discontentus Sentimentum Listigatus Exocentum Either maybe it's a joke (and the words ...
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Origins of the expression “mea culpa”?

What are the origins of the expression "mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa". I have heard one of my past math professors say this, and was wondering. Thanks.
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Does animal include human?

In today's English the word "animal" can include or exclude humans, depending on context. How about the word animal in classical Latin? Does it include humans? If not, is there a term that would cover ...
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Meaning of “tricoinium”?

In Rome:Its people life and customs by Ugo Enrico Paoli, some rooms in plans of Pompeiian houses are marked tricoinium with no explanation or definition. I cannot find this, either in my own ...
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“In tanto spatio”

Lines 617–623 of De Rerum Natura, book VI: Praeterea, magnam sol partem detrahit æstu. Quippe videmus enim vestes humore madentes Exsiccare suis radiis ardentibu’ solem. At pelage multa et ...
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How do you translate the phrase “regnum obtinuerat”?

I'm reading Jason and the Argonauts from Fabulae Faciles, and I come across this phrase really often. I'll provide an example. Erant olim in Thessalia duo fratres, quorum alter Aeson, Pelias alter ...
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What does Bede's phrase, “suae genti ducatum praebebat, obtinuit,” mean?

In Bede's Ecclesiastical History, 2.5, there's a phrase that appears to be the subject of some debate: Nam primus imperium huiusmodi Aelli rex Australium Saxonum; secundus Caelin rex Occidentalium ...
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How did mundus come to mean both world and clean?

Basically what's in the title: How did mundus come to mean both world and clean? L&S lists a number of other meanings, but in my knowledge these are two very frequent uses, that do not seem to ...
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Is this translation of “new mind/attitude” correct?

I've been trying to find a proper translation for a phrase that means something like "a new mind" or "a new attitude", etc. I would like to use it as an inspiration for a company-name. The words that ...
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Can Latin “inde” introduce a temporal clause?

Lines one and two of book 2 of Vergil's Aeneid sparked this question: Conticuere omnes intentique ora tenebant inde toro pater Aeneas sic orsus ab alto: I had two interpretations. My first ...
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What's the difference between “media” and “medio” in “virtus in medio stat”?

In Wikipedia's list of Latin phrases, the expression virtus in medio stat is included, with the explanation: Idiomatically: Good practice lies in the middle path. There is disagreement as to ...
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Flavor/meaning/nuance of “aliquando” in “tandem aliquando”?

The first sentence of Cicero's second Catilinarian reads in part Tandem aliquando, Quirites, L. Catilinam . . . ex urbe . . . ejecimus. (I realize I'm leaving out all the fun parts; forgive me.) ...
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What is the meaning of “ratio” in the second Catilinarian V.9?

Having finally gotten a basic handle on the sorts of things rés can mean, I find myself stymied by ratió. I've understood it as meaning essentially "process of (logical) thinking," and that tends to ...
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What does 'ad tantam mollem' refer to in this context?

This is from an explanation of the six Ptolemaic statements, the one that concludes that the world is round (terram esse rotundam). Terra tamen ob duritiem non potuit perfectam rotunditatem ...
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In Confessions I.18, does Augustine clearly indicate the physical death of an enemy?

In Augustine's Confessions, I.18, he writes: et certe non est interior litterarum scientia quam scripta conscientia, id se alteri facere quod nolit pati. quam tu secretus es, habitans in excelsis ...
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What is the distinction between gaudium and laetitia when both denote “joy”?

Both gaudium and laetitia denote joy, but appear to be used differently depending on the circumstances. What is the distinction between the two (or more) Latin words for joy?
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Meaning of “cepeo”

What does cepeo mean? According to Google Translate, this means "onions". Are there any connotations, other words that carry the same meaning, or anything else specifically related to it?
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What is meant by the expression 'Sic Transit Gloria Mundi'?

The phrase is used when in the ceremony of assigning a new pope, and can be interpreted in many ways. A translation would be: "So pass the worldly glories." How would you interpret its meaning, ...