Terms in this set (57)
Alma Mater (Literal Translation)
Alma Mater (meaning)
Alma Mater (In a sentence)
She was presented with an award while visiting West University, her alma mater.
In Media Res (Literal Translation)
In the middle of things/ in the central business
In Media Res (Meaning)
describing something in the middle such as the middle portion of a story...
De rigueur (Literal Translation)
De rigueur (meaning)
necessary to be popular, fashionable, socially acceptable...
De rigueur (In a sentence)
Though he was wearing a bow tie and suit jacket, his flip flops and shorts were hardly De rigueur.
Quid pro quo (Literal Translation)
this for that/ something for something
Quid pro quo (meaning)
something given or recieved for something else
Quid pro quo (in a sentence)
The university considered his work academically and financially unproductive, and this endowment was the quid pro quo for renewing his post.
Tempus fugit (literal translation)
Tempus fugit (meaning)
time flies/goes by fast
Tempus fugit (In a sentence)
'Tempus fugit! It seems no time since we were cursing the long, dark winter evenings—now here we are in flaming June'
Caveat Emptor (literal translation)
Caveat Emptor (meaning)
person who buys something is responsible for making sure it is in good condition
Caveat Emptor (In a sentence)
This item may not be worth the price; so, as always, caveat emptor.
Vox Populi (literal translation)
voice of the people/ popular sentiment
Vox Populi (meaning)
voice of the people/ popular sentiment
Vox Populi (in a sentence)
I admire that candidate for his clear vox populi, he always gives the people what they want.
Sub Rosa (Literal Translation)
Under the rose
Sub Rosa (meaning)
In secret/In confidence
Sub Rosa (In a sentence)
Believe me, they've done a lot of searching; most of it sub rosa.
Deus Ex Machina (literal translation)
G-d from machine
Dues Ex Machina (meaning)
used to describe when something comes form out of no where to save the hero (usually in a movie or novel)
Dues Ex Machina (EXAMPLE)
In the show Once Upon a TIme, the hero Emma Swan has lost her lover to the underworld, but because he did something honorable, at the very end of the show, the man, captain hook, gets pulled up to the heavens, and a random Greek god appears who brings him back to life. THis is the only time the character of the greek god is seen in the series, thus he is the Deus ex Machina.
Tabula Rosa (Literal Translation)
Tabula Rosa (meaning)
Tabula Rosa (In a sentence)
So the field started out again as a tabula rasa, and when that happens all kinds of mistakes and blunders can creep in.
Id Est (literal translation)
it is/ in other words
Id Est (meaning)
i.e./ in essence - an example of what you are trying to say
Per Diem (literal and meaning)
per day/by the day
Per Diem (in a sentence)
Employees will be given $20 per diem for expenses.
Carpe Diem (literal)
sieze the day! or pluck the day
Carpe Diem (meaning)
the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future
Carpe Diem (In a sentence)
His attitude towards his life is Carpe diem.
De facto (literal)
in fact/ from the fact
de facto (meaning)
de facto (sentence)
When the dictator was removed from power, a de facto government immediately fell into place.
Magnum Opus (literal)
Magnum Opus (meaning)
An artist's most famous/ greatest work
Magnum Opus (sentence)
It could be said that Van Gogh's magnum popus is his painting, Starry Night.
Terra Firma (literal)
Terrra Firma (sentence)
After the rocky waves made the boat shake the man became nauseous, and he could not wait until they reached terra firma where the ground stood still.
Ad hoc (literal)
Ad hoc (meaning)
improvised or made up/ done for a particular purpose
Ad hoc (sentence)
The President reviewed the ad hoc committee's findings and approved the recommendations for Federal action.
Sine qua non (literal)
Sine qua non (meaning)
something absolutely indespensible or essential
Sine qua non (sentence)
In the land of the industrial revolution, foreign ownership and management is the sine qua non of industrial success.
In Memoriam (literal)
In memory of
In Memoriam (in sentence)
The building was named in memoriam of their daughter who passed away after attenging the school five years ago.
word for word
in the exact same words used originally
I memorized his monologue verbatim
Dramatis Personae (literal)
Dramatis Personae (meaning)
the list of characters and actors in a drama