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Latin Phrases List for Writers

Free download: 2-page Latin phrases list for writers

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Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of Latin words and phrases that writers might find useful in their articles, blog posts and books.

Latin sayings can add flair to your writing and this list can be printed and 3-hole punched or the 2 pages can be placed back-to-back in a clear sheet protector.

The graphic above shows just a small portion of the 2 pages of 73 Latin words, sayings and phrases on the free list you can download right here and print out for your own use.

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Here’s the whole list of Latin words, phrases and sayings:

a cappella – in church (vocal music only)

adeste fideles – come, faithful people

ad hoc – for a particular purpose (only)

ad infinitum – to infinity (without end)

ad nauseum – to a sickening degree

alma mater – fostering mother (a school or university you attended or from which you graduated)

a mari usque ad mare – from sea to sea (motto of Canada)

annus horribilis – a horrible year

ante – before

antebellum – before the war

a posteriori – from the latter

a priori – from the former

arcana – secrets (mysterious knowledge known only to initiates)

ars gratia artis – art for art’s sake

ave atque vale – hail and farewell

beatae memoriae – of blessed memory

bene – good

bis in die – twice a day

bona fide – (adjective) in good faith, well-intentioned, fairly

bona fides – (noun) honest intention

bona fortuna – good luck!

bovina sancta – holy cow!

carpe diem – seize the day

caveat emptor – let the buyer beware (i.e. – take the risk)

cave canem – beware of the dog

cogito, ergo sum – I think, therefore I am

commune bonum – the common good

corpus christi – the body of Christ

crux – puzzle

cum laude – with praise

de facto – something that is automatically accepted

de novo – anew

Dei Gratia – by the grace of God

Deus vobiscum – God be with you

dramatis personae – characters of the play

ecce homo – behold the man

emeritus – honorary, by merit

eo ipso – by that very act

e pluribus unum – out of many, one

ergo – therefore

errata – a list of errors

et cetera – and the rest (etcetera, etc.)

ex cathedra – from the chair (of authority)

ex libris – from the library (of)

ex tempore – off the cuff, without preparation

fiat lux – let there be light

finis – the end

Gloria in excelsis Deo – Glory to God in the highest

habeas corpus – you must have the body (you must justify an imprisonment)

hic et nunc – here and now

in absentia – in one’s absence

in extremis – in extreme circumstances (e.g. – at point of death)

in loco parentis – in the place of a parent

in perpetuum -forever

in toto – totally, entirely

modus operandi – a way of operating

omnia vincit amor – love conquers all

post mortem – after death

post partum – after childbirth

pro bono publico – for the public good

quater in die (Q.I.D.) – take 4 times a day

qui bono? – who benefits?

quid pro quo – something for something

quo vadis? – where are you going?

regina – queen

rex – king

rigor mortis – the rigidity of death

tabula rasa -a clean slate

tempus fugit – time flees (more common: time flies)

terra firma – solid ground

And let’s not forget…

“Illegitimi Non Carborundum” – fake Latin for “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

a cappella – in church (vocal music only)

adeste fideles – come, faithful people

ad hoc – for a particular purpose (only)

ad infinitum – to infinity (without end)

ad nauseum – to a sickening degree

alma mater – fostering mother (a school or university you attended or from which you graduated)

a mari usque ad mare – from sea to sea (motto of Canada)

annus horribilis – a horrible year

ante – before

antebellum – before the war

a posteriori – from the latter

a priori – from the former

arcana – secrets (mysterious knowledge known only to initiates)

ars gratia artis – art for art’s sake

ave atque vale – hail and farewell

beatae memoriae – of blessed memory

bene – good

bis in die – twice a day

bona fide – (adjective) in good faith, well-intentioned, fairly

bona fides – (noun) honest intention

bona fortuna – good luck!

bovina sancta – holy cow!

carpe diem – seize the day

caveat emptor – let the buyer beware (i.e. – take the risk)

cave canem – beware of the dog

cogito, ergo sum – I think, therefore I am

commune bonum – the common good

corpus christi – the body of Christ

crux – puzzle

cum laude – with praise

de facto – something that is automatically accepted

de novo – anew

Dei Gratia – by the grace of God

Deus vobiscum – God be with you

dramatis personae – characters of the play

ecce homo – behold the man

emeritus – honorary, by merit

eo ipso – by that very act

e pluribus unum – out of many, one

ergo – therefore

errata – a list of errors

et cetera – and the rest (etcetera, etc.)

ex cathedra – from the chair (of authority)

ex libris – from the library (of)

ex tempore – off the cuff, without preparation

fiat lux – let there be light

finis – the end

Gloria in excelsis Deo – Glory to God in the highest

habeas corpus – you must have the body (you must justify an imprisonment)

hic et nunc – here and now

in absentia – in one’s absence

in extremis – in extreme circumstances (e.g. – at point of death)

in loco parentis – in the place of a parent

in perpetuum -forever

in toto – totally, entirely

modus operandi – a way of operating

omnia vincit amor – love conquers all

post mortem – after death

post partum – after childbirth

pro bono publico – for the public good

quater in die (Q.I.D.) – take 4 times a day

qui bono? – who benefits?

quid pro quo – something for something

quo vadis? – where are you going?

regina – queen

rex – king

rigor mortis – the rigidity of death

tabula rasa -a clean slate

tempus fugit – time flees (more common: time flies)

terra firma – solid ground

And let’s not forget…

“Illegitimi Non Carborundum” – fake Latin for “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

 

Click here for your free PDF list of Latin phrases

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