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

(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.

Lex loci, rei sitae.
The law of the place where the thing is situated.

The Latin equivalent of "the law of the land where it is situated".

lex mercatoria [mercatoris]
Law merchant.

The body of law dealing with commercial traders and their transactions.

lex non scripta
The unwritten law.

This phrase refers to what is known as common law, the body of law derived in the English tradition from precedent without the formality of statutes and regulations, but nevertheless binding. Lex scripta, refers to the body of written, or statutory, law.

Lex pro urbe et orbe.
Law for the city and the world.

Motto of the Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont, USA.

Lex ratio summa or Lex summa ratio.
Law is the highest reason.
lex talionis
The law of retaliation.

This phrase refers to the practice of punishment in kind, dating back at least to the Old Testament, yet much in vogue today in some societies; in other words, "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth".

lex terrae
The law of the land.
Lex uno ore omnes alloquitur.
The law speaks with one mouth to all.

Another translation version is, "Everyone is equal before the law."


Motto of the Republic of San Marino.

libertas et fidelitate
Freedom and loyalty.

Motto on the seal of the State of West Virginaia, USA.

libra; lb.
lingua franca
The Frankish tongue.

A jargon used for elementary communication by medieval traders and sailors in the Mediterranean, derived for the most part from the Romance languages [Italian mixed with French, Greek, Arabic, etc.]. Generally, it describes a mixture of languages used as a means of communication in business.

Litterarum Doctor; Litt.D.
Doctor of Literature degree.
Men of letters.

A reference to scholarly people.

loco citato, loc. cit.; l.c.
In the place already cited.

This phrase is a tool of the scholar. Abbreviated loc.cit., it is used in footnotes to refer a reader to a passage that was previously cited; for example, Jones, loc.cit.

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