List of Latin phrases

This page lists direct English translations of common Latin phrases, such as veni, vidi, vici and et cetera. Some of the phrases are themselves translations of Greek phrases, as Greek rhetoric and literature were highly regarded in Ancient Rome when Latin rhetoric and literature were still maturing.

The Latin letter i may be used either as a vowel or a consonant. When used as a consonant, it often is replaced by the letter j, which originally, was simply an orthographic "long i" that was used in initial positions and when it occurred between two other vowels. This convention from Medieval Latin is preserved most commonly in Latin legal terminologyhence phrases such as de iure often are spelled de jure.

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The list also is divided alphabetically into twenty pages:

See also



  • Ancient Roman names
  • Dog Latin words and phrases
  • Latin biological phrases
  • Latin legal phrases
  • Latin literary phrases
  • Latin logical phrases
  • Latin medical phrases
  • Latin mottos
  • Latin philosophical phrases
  • Latin political phrases
  • Latin religious phrases
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