Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group E

(classical-language maxims, slogans, adages, proverbs, and words of wisdom that can still capture our modern imagination)

Expressions of general truths: Latin to English maxims, proverbs, and mottoes

All entries are from Latin unless otherwise indicated.

et uxor; et ux.
Translation: "And wife."

This is a legal phrase and abbreviation for "and wife."

et vir
And man; and husband.

This is a legal phrase for "and husband".

etiam atque etiam
Again and again.
1. An exclamation of suddenly being successful at coming up with a solution to a problem or discovering something that was not expected.
2. Etymology: borrowed from Greek heureka, "I have found (it)", first person, singular, perfect active indicative form of heuriskein, "to find".

Details about eureka and discoveries. Historical details about eureka and discoveries.

Eureka! (heureka!), Greek
I have found it!

Said to be the exclamation of Archimedes (Greek-Sicilian mathematician , physicist, and inventor, c. 287-212 B.C.) who, while bathing, discovered how to determine the gold content of a crown made for King Hiero II of Syracuse. His discovery of the principle of buoyancy while bathing, helped him in determining the content of the gold and base metal in Hiero's crown. This experiment led to the discovery of the law of specific gravity.

Eureka is the motto of the state of California; based on the theory that gold miners yelled this out when gold was first discoverd there. California was admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850. There is a city in Northern California named Eureka. Incidentally, Ronald Reagan, Governor of California and President of the United States, attended Eureka College—in Eureka, Illinois.

So, since the 16th century, the term has been used as an exulting (joyous) cry of discovery!

ex adverso
From the opposite side.
ex aequo et bono
According to what is just and good; equitably.

This phrase refers to what a person of principle will do.

ex animo (adverb), more ex animo, most ex animo
Referring to how something is considered wholeheartedly or earnestly from the heart; sincerely: Sharon was convinced ex animo that she would do well with the final exam in biology when it would take place at the end of the semester.
ex capite (s) (noun)
Out of the head; from the head: "Memory is ex capite because it comes from the head."
ex cathedra
From the chair or throne, with authority.

1. Dogmatic utterances of the pope on matters of faith and morals when he is seated on his "holy" throne: spoken with an infallible voice as the successor and representative of St. Peter.

2. When experts speak authoritatively on matters in their fields of knowledge, we may say that they speak ex cathedra or that they have made ex cathedra statements.

3. The term is sometimes applied to the arrogant, positive expressions of the uninformed when they speak as if they were representing some high authority in their dogmatic pronouncements.

Eugene Ehrlich pointed out that before the cathedra was the pope's chair; even before there were popes, it was the chair of a teacher. Based on information from Eugene Ehrlich in his Amo, Amas, Amat and More; Harper & Row, Publishers; New York; 1985.

ex curia
Out of court.
Ex desuetudina amittuntur privilegia.
By disuse are privileges lost.

A legal maxim, also freely translated as: "Use it or lose it."

ex gratia
Out of goodness.

Referring to a payment made as a favor, not as an obligation.

ex libris
From the books.

Phrase used before the owner's name on bookplates.

Ex mero motu.
Of one's own free will; without compulsion or restraint.

A legal term also meaning "of his own accord; voluntarily" and "without prompting or request". Equivalent terms are sua sponte or exproprio motu.

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