Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group A
(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
Word entries are from Latin unless otherwise indicated.
A posteriori is a conclusion which is reached by examination and analysis of the specific facts, as happens in a science laboratory, where a person reasons from actual observation of data and comes to a conclusion from the observed facts. Contrasted with a priori.
2. Pertaining to something that happens in advance without previous investigation or experience.
2. Relating to something that is considered to be possible, but without an examination, analysis, or proof.
3. Etymology: from Medieval Latin, "from something that comes before or first"; Latin a-, ab-, "from, away from" + prior, "former".
Opposite of ad quem (for which; to whom).
Also translated as, "One thing leads to another."
Although an argument ab absurdo "demolishes" an opponent's position in debate, it does not necessarily prove the validity of that person’s position. The only thing that may be accomplished is that the ab absurdo argument may make the other person seem to be foolish or illogical.2. Etymology: Latin "from the absurd" or "from nonsense".
Used by legal specialists and suggests that a right should not be withheld from people because of others who abuse it.
The social worker was urged to consider ab actu ad posse valet illatio when assessing a case of potential child abuse.
The audience was reminded that ab aeterno the hawks have nested on the cliffs near the lake.
Literally, "from eternity" or "of no date of origin".
The long distance runner was deemed ab agendo because of her broken leg.2. Obsolete or retired: The farmer's old tractor was considered ab agendo and so it could only be sold as an antique.
Prout multis ut faciant vobis homines, et vos facite illis similiter; "As you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner." From Luke 6:31 of the Latin Vulgate, a Latin version of the Bible produced by Saint Jerome in the 4th century.
From Latin vulgata editio, "an edition made public" or "an edition for ordinary people" which is a version used by the Roman Catholic Church.
Making up one’s mind ab ante.
Eric went to the train station ab ante of the train arriving at noon.
Ab antiquo is useful for those who are always looking back to the good old days.
Dale enjoyed listening to the stories his grandmother told him ab antiquo.
The more modern meaning of ab asino lanam is "trying to get blood from a stone or a turnip" or "anyone who tries to achieve the impossible is bound to fail."
Trying to get Gretchen to change her mind about going to France was an exercise in ab asino lanam.