List of Latin Phrases

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This list of Latin phrases gathers Latin phrases , proverbs, and idioms , describes their uses, and gives the sources where possible.

Latin expressions, in turn, are often translated from ancient Greek and therefore appear in the list of Greek phrases .

Many of these phrases are still used in technical languages ​​as untranslated set pieces and have even found their way into the general communication repertoire, sometimes as corruptions . This list includes words and phrases that either:

  • are still in use in legal practice today (e.g. In dubio pro reo ),
  • are commonly used in medicine (e.g. delirium tremens ),
  • are used in the church area (e.g. Habemus Papam ),
  • Have meaning for philosophy (e.g. a priori ),
  • are of literary importance (e.g. Arma virumque cano ),
  • are of historical importance (e.g. Imperium Romanum ),
  • serve as a motto for states and sub-states (e.g. A mari usque ad mare )


  • are well known in popular culture (e.g. Delirant isti Romani. )


  • the models for German proverbs were (e.g. Duobus litigantibus tertius gaudet. )
  • or generally belong to the German vocabulary or vocabulary (e.g. et cetera )

Much is already contained in the following lists and therefore does not need to be listed separately here:


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  • Karl Bayer: Nota bene! The Latin dictionary of quotations. Patmos Verlag, Düsseldorf 2003, ISBN 3-491-96095-9 .
  • Rudolf Bovensiepen: Latin legal proverbs , Verlag von Franz Vahlen, Berlin 1923
  • Georg Büchmann : Winged words . - Der Neue Büchmann - Winged words. The classic treasure trove of quotes. Ullstein, 2007, ISBN 3-548-36953-7 .
  • Ernst Bury (Ed.): In medias res. Lexicon of Latin Quotes and Expressions , 4th revised and expanded edition, Digital Library No. 27 , Directmedia Publishing , Berlin 2006, ISBN 978-3-89853-227-3 .
  • Gerald Drews : Latin for show-offs. Bassermann, 2004, ISBN 3-8094-1625-8 .
  • Muriel Kasper: Reclam's Latin Quotation Lexicon. Philipp Reclam jun., Stuttgart 2007, ISBN 978-3-15-010478-1 .
  • Hubertus Kudla: Lexicon of Latin quotations. 3500 originals with translations and references. C. H. Beck Verlag, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-406-47580-9 .
  • Marc Mylius: The perfect Latin quotes. Sayings and Proverbs. Marixverlag, 2004, ISBN 3-937715-05-3 .
  • Christa Pöppelmann: Nomen est omen: The most famous Latin quotes & idioms and what's behind them. Compact Verlag, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-8174-6414-2 .
  • Heinrich G. Reichert: Immortal Latin proverbs. EOS Verlag, Archabbey St. Ottilien 2000. ISBN 3-88096-479-3 .
  • Alfred Sellner: Latin in everyday life. Alphabetically arranged reference work of Latin sentences, proverbs, phrases, idioms, quotations and formulas as well as their abbreviations with around 850 keywords from all areas of life. Supplemented and expanded edition. VMA-Verlag, Wiesbaden 2006, ISBN 978-3-928127-11-0 .
  • Karl-Wilhelm Weeber: Look at Caesar. The right Latin quote for all cases. Nymphenburger, 2002, ISBN 3-485-00911-3 .

Web links

Wikiquote: Latin Wikiquote  - Quotes (Latin)

Individual evidence

  1. DNB 578942313