Some Latin Political Terms

Ab captandum vulgus: something done to win over the masses.

Audemus jura nostra defendere: we dare defend our rights.

Ave, Caesar, morituri te salutamus: hail, Caesar, we who are about to die salute you.

Casus belli: Cause of the war.

Corpus juris: body of law.

Cui bono?: Who benefits?

Delenda est Carthago: Carthage must be destroyed

E pluribus unum: One out of many

Ex officio: by right of office.

Exitus acta probat: the ends justify the means.

Habeas corpus ad subiciendum: a writ in law that protects individuals from arbitrary punishment.

Interregnum: time between rulers.

Justitia omnibus: justice for all

Pax Americana: The American Peace. This and the following two entries refer to the “peace” caused by the existence of a global hegemony.

Pax Britannica: The British Peace.

Pax Romana: The Roman Peace.

Pro bono publico: for the public good.

Oderint dum metuant: let them hate, provided they fear.

O tempora! O mores!: “O the times! O the customs!”

Quo jure: by what right?

Reddite quae sunt Caesaris Caesari, wt quae sunt Dei Deo: “render onto Caesar what is Caesar’s and render onto God what is God’s.”

Rex non potest peccare: the king can do no wrong.

Salus populis suprema lex esto: the the good of the people be the supreme law.

Sic semper tyrannis: thus always to tyrants.

Suffragiorum pede: To vote with one’s feet. Meaning if some dislike the leader of the state(/nation) they are in the can vote with their feet and move. A state without a tax base is no state at all.

Vox populi vox dei: The voice of the people is the voice of God.

“Look on my works ye Mighty, and despair!
No thing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that Colossal Wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

-Ozymandias, Percy B. Shelley (1818)