30 Latin Phrases That Are Still Used All the Time

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Q.E.D. (cue ee dee)

An abbreviation for “quod erat demonstrandum” — “which had to be demonstrated.” It is typically appended to the end of a mathematical proof or philosophical argument indicating that it demonstrated what it set out to show. Non-formal example: Q.E.D., John. You were right after all.

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Quid pro quo (kwid pro kwo)

“This for that.” Something exchanged for something else. Example: Many successful partnerships are based on quid pro quo.

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Requiescat in pace (reck-wee-ESS-caut in PAH-chay)

“He rests in peace.” Commonly abbreviated to R.I.P. Said upon the death of someone.

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Sic transit gloria mundi (sick TRANZ-it GLOR-ee-ah MOON-dee)

“Thus passes the glory of the world.” Another way of saying that fame is fleeting. Example: She was a big star in the 1960s but now nobody remembers her name — sic transit gloria mundi.

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Sine qua non (SEE-nay kwa non)

“Without which not.” An essential or prerequisite. Example: Water is a sine qua non for human existence.

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