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.

locum tenens
One holding the place.

This phrase refers to someone who is filling in temporarily for another person and is also translated as, "a substitute" or "deputy". This expression is used more often in reference to "pinch-hitting physicians and clergymen"; however, it also may apply to a temporary employee who is recruited by an employment agency, a lieutenant, or other ephemeral representative.

locus classicus
A classical source.

This passage is commonly cited to explain or illustrate a subject and is also translated as, "The most authoritative or most frequently cited passage."

locus delicti
The place of a crime.

A corpus delicti establishes that a crime has been committed; while a locus delicti is the place where the crime occurred.

locus in quo
The place in which.

The place in question or the spot mentioned. This phrase refers to a place where something of interest has occurred or where a passage under discussion may be found.

locus poenitentiae
A place or opportunity for repentance.

A legal expression that denotes the period within which a person may withdraw from an assumed obligation before it becomes legally binding.

locus sigilli, l.s., L.S.
Place of or for the seal.

This phrase indicates the place on a document for affixing the seal of the notary public or other official responsible for such seals.

Longissimus dies cito conditur.
The longest day soon comes to an end.

Also, "prostitute"; leading to lupanar, meaning "brothel".

Lupercalia [from lupus]
Festival of Lupercus; wolf.

Lupercalia is from Lupercal, the name of a grotto at the foot of the Palatine Hill in Rome. It is an ancient Roman festival with fertility rites, held on February 15 in honor of Lupercus, a pastoral god sometimes identified with Faunus. The festival started at the Lupercal where Romulus and Remus were said to have been suckled by the lupa or she-wolf.

Dogs and goats were sacrificed to Faunus and Luperci, or Creppi, young men dressed in goat-skins (or in the nude), ran around the base of the Palatine hill striking women with goat-hide strips, or thongs, called amicula Iunonis or "mantles of Juno". The touch of the lash, or whip, was supposed to make the women fertile.

It was at the Lupercalia in 44 B.C. that Antony, himself a Lupercus, offered Caesar a crown and Shakespeare has Julius Caesar instruct Antony to "touch Calpurnia" so she might become fertile and be rid of her "barren" condition.

Luporum more ululantes.
Howling in the manner of wolves.

A statement made by St. Cyril describing the horde of Magyars he met in 860 A.D. when they raided deep into Frankish Europe.


Motto of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA.

Lux esto.
[Let there] be light.

Motto of Southwestern College in Kansas, Winfield, Kansas, USA; and Kalamazoo College, USA.

Lux et fides.
Light and faith.

Motto of Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, USA.

Lux et scientia.
Light and knowledge.

Motto of Andrew College, Cuthbert, Georgia, USA.

Lux et Veritas.
Light and Truth.

Yale University seal motto, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; and also the motto of Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa, USA.

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