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To make this little work as useful to the learner as its limits will permit, a collection of maxims, words and phrases is here subjoined, for the benefit of those who are not familiar with the Latin and French, from which they are selected. They may be written in short hand, the same as English, but should be distinguished by a line drawn over them.
Ab initio.-From the beginning.
Aborigines.-The first inhabitants of a country-as the Indians in America.
Accedas ad curiam.—You may approach the court.
Actio personalis moritur cum persona.-A personal action dies with the person.
Actus Dei nemini facit injuriam.-No one shall be injured through the act of God.
Actus legis nulli facit injuriam.—The act of the law does injury to no man.
Actus, me invito factus, non est meus actus.-An act done against my will is not my act.
Actus non facit reum, nisi mens sit rea.-The act does not make a man guilty, unless the mind be also guilty.
Ad eundem.-To the same.
Alumni.-Those who have received their education at a college, are called alumni of that college.
Amor patrie.--The love of our country..
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Arcana imperii.-State secrets. The mysteries of government. Arcanum.-- A secret.--The grand arcanum-the philosopher's stone. Argumentum ad crumenam.--An argument to the purse. Argumentum ad hominem.-An argument to the man. Argumentum ad judicium.--An argument to the judgment. Assumpsit.-He assumed he took upon him to pay. Audi alteram partem.--Hear the other party. Aula Regis.-The king's court. Beau monde. Fr.-The gay world.-The world of fashion. Bona fide.-In good faith. - Actually, in reality. Bonhommie. Fr.-Goodnature. Bon mot. Fr.-A good word.-A witticism. Bonus.-A consideration for something received. Cætera desunt.The remainder is wanting. Canaille. Fr.--The rabble-the swinish multitude. Cap à pié. Norm. Fr.-From head to foot. Capias.-You may take. Capias ad respondendum.--You take to answer. Capias ad satisfaciendum.--You take to satisfy. Carte blanche. Fr.-A blank sheet of paper. Casus omissus.-An omitted case. Cadeat actor.-Let the actor or doer beware. Caveat emptor.-Let the buyer beware. Chef d'euvre. Fr.-A master piece.-An unrivalled performance. Cognovit actionem.-He has acknowledged the action. Comitas inter gentes.-Politeness between nations. Compos mentis.-A man of a sound and composed mind. Consensus facit legem.--Consent makes the law. Coram nobis.-Before us. Corps diplomatique. Fr.-The diplomatic body. Coup d'essai. Fr.--A first essay.-An attempt. Coup de main. Fr.-A sudden or bold enterprise. Cui bono? To what (or for whose) good--sc. will it tend? Cui malo? To what evil-sc. will it tend? Data.-Things granted. Début. Fr.- First appearance-on the stage, in public life, &c. &e. De die in diem.-From day to day. Dedimus potestatem.-We have given power. De facto.-From the fact. De jure.-From the law. De mal en pis. Fr.-From bad to worse. De novo.-Anw.-To commence de novo. Depot. Fr.-A store or magazine. Dernier resort. Fr.-The last resource. Desideratum -A thing desired. Desperandum.-A thing, or event, to be despaired of. Dictum de dicto.--Report upon hearsay.-Vague report. Dies datus.-The day given. Dies faustus.-A lucky day. Dies infaustus.-An unlucky day. Distringas.--You may distrain. Droit des gens. Fr.-The law of nations. Ducit amor patriæ.-The love of my country leads me. Durante bene placito. During our good pleasure. Durante vita.-During life.-A clause in letters patent. E converso.-Reversing the order --of a proposition.
Elegit.-He has chosen.
E pluribus unum.-One of many.-The motto of the United States of America.
Erratum.-An error.- Errata.- Errors.
Exceptio probat regulam.--The exception proves the existence of the rule.
Excerpta.-Extracts.-Abridged notices taken from a work.
Habeas corpus ad prosequendum. --You may have the body in order to prosecute.
Habeas corpus ad respondendum.-You may have the body to answer.
Ignoramus.--We are ignorant.--An uninformed blockhead.
[. H. S.-An abbreviation of Jesus Hominum Salvator.- Jesus the Saviour of mankind.
Imperium in imperio.--A government existing within another government-as Pennsylvania within the general government of the U. States.
Imprimatur.-Let it be printed.
Interregnum.---The interval between the death of one king, and the succession of another.
In terrorem.-In terror.--As a warning.
Ipse dirit. He said it himself.-On his ipse dixit-on his mere assertion.
Ipsisima verba.--The very words--the literal meaning.
Judicium parium, aut leges terre.-The judgment of our peers, or the law of the land.
Jure humano.-By human law.
Lex neminem cogit ad impossibilia.-The law compels no man to impossibilities.
Let non scripta.-The unwritten law.