Latin Phrases

Latin Phrases in  dictionary

A priori: From what comes before.

Ad hoc: For this purpose.

Alma Mater: One’s old school (literally ‘bounteous mother’).

Aqua vitae: Alcoholic spirit, e.g. brandy/whisky. Literally ‘water of life’.

Carpe diem: Seize the day (‘enjoy the day, pluck it when it is ripe’)

Caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware

Cogito ergo sum: I think, therefore I am.

De facto: In fact – in reality.

Et cetera (etc.): And the rest.

In vitro: In a test tube (literally ‘in glass’).

Modus operandi (m.o.): Mode of operating.

Nolens volens: Willingly or unwillingly

Prima facie: At first sight; on the face of it.

Pro bono: Without charge – for the public good.

Opus Dei: The work of God.

Quid pro quo: Something for something, i.e a favor for a favor

Vox populi: The voice of the people.

Magnum Opus: Distinguished work