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Balaenae nobis conservandae sunt! - Save the whales!
Beata Virgo (Maria) - The Blessed Virgin (Mary)
Beatae memoriae - Of blessed memory
Beati pacifici - Blessed are the peacemakers
Beati pauperes spiritu - Blessed are the poor in spirit
Beati possidentes - The happy who possess. (possession is nine points of the law) (Euripides)
Beatus - The blessed one
Bella detesta matribus - Wars, the horror of mothers. (Horace)
Bella gerant alii - Let others wage war
Bellum omium contra omnes - Everyman's struggle against everyman. (Thomas Hobbes)
Belua multorum es capitum - The people are a many-headed beast
Bene legere saecla vincere - 

 
To read well is to master the ages. (Professor Isaac Flagg)

Bene qui latuit, bene vixit - One who lives well, lives unnoticed. (Ovid)
Bene, cum Latine nescias, nolo manus meas in te maculare - Well, if you don't understand plain Latin, I'm not going to dirty my hands on you
Bene - Good
Beneficium accipere libertatem est vendere - To accept a favour is to sell freedom. (Publilius Syrus)
Bibere venenum in auro - Drink poison from a cup of gold
Bis dat qui cito dat - He gives twice who quickly gives. (Publius Syrus)
Bis in die (bid) - Twice a day
Bis interimitur qui suis armis perit - He is doubly destroyed who perishes by his own arms. (Syrus)
Bis repetita placent - The things that please are those that are asked for again and again. (Horace)
Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria - He conquers twice who in the hour of conquest conquers himself. (Syrus)
Bis vivit qui bene vivit - He lives twice who lives well
Bona fide - In good faith. i. e. well-intentioned, fairly
Bona fides (noun) - Honest intention
Bona fortuna - Good luck!
Bona officia - Good services's
Bonum commune communitatis - General welfare. Literally, common good of the community
Bonum commune hominis - Common good of man
Bonum vinum laetificat cor hominis - Good wine gladdens a person's heart
Bovina Sancta! - Holy cow!
Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur! - Those green pants go so well with that pink shirt and the plaid jacket!
Braccae tuae aperiuntur - Your fly is open
Brevior saltare cum deformibus mulieribus est vita - Life is too short to dance with ugly women
Brevior saltare cum deformibus viris est vita - Life is too short to dance with ugly men
Brevis esse latoro obscurus fio - When I try to be brief, I speak gobbledegook
Brevis ipsa vita est sed malis fit longior - Our life is short but is made longer by misfortunes. (Publilius Syrus)
Busillis - Baffling puzzle or difficult point
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Cacoethes scribendi - An insatiable urge to write. (Juvenal)
Cadit quaestio - The question drops
Caeca invidia est - Envy is blind. (Livy)
Caeci caecos ducentes - Blind are led by the blind. Leaders are not more knowledgeable than the ones they lead
Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei - The heavens declare the glory of God
Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt - They change the sky, not their soul, who run across the sea. (Horace)
Caelum videre iussit, et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus - He bid them look at the sky and lift their faces to the stars. (Ovid)
Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris - If Caesar were alive, you'd be chained to an oar
Camera obscvra - Hidden room - an early photographic or painting technique utilizing optical pinholes
Canis meus id comedit - My dog ate it
Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet - A timid dog barks more violently than it bites. (Curtius Rufus)
Capillamentum? Haudquaquam conieci esse! - A wig? I never would have guessed!
Caro putridas es! - You're dead meat
Carpe Cerevisi - Seize the beer!
Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero - Seize the day, trust as little as possible in tomorrow. (Horace)
Carpe diem - Seize the day. (opportunity) (Horace)
Casus belli - An act used to justify war
Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam - I have a catapult. Give me all your money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head
Casus belli - Event (that is the justification for, or the cause) of war
Causarum justia et misericordia - For the causes of justice and mercy
Causa mortis - Death Cause
Cave ab homine unius libri - Beware of anyone who has just one book. (Latin Epigram)
Cave canem, te necet lingendo - Beware of the dog, he may lick you to death
Cave canem - Beware of the dog
Cave cibum, valde malus est - Beware the food, it is very bad
Cave ne ante ullas catapultas ambules - If I were you, I wouldn't walk in front of any catapults
Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui - Beware what you say, when, and to whom
Cave - Beware!
Caveat emptor - Let the buyer beware. (He buys at his own risk)
Caveat venditor - Let the seller beware
Caveat - Let him/her beware
Cedant arma togae - Let arms yield to the toga. (Let violence give place to law)
Cedo maiori - I yield to a greater person
Certamen bikini-suicidus-disci mox coepit? - Does the Bikini-Suicide-Frisbee match start soon?
Certe, toto, sentio nos in kansate non iam adesse - You know, Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore
Certum est, quia impossibile - It is certain, because it is impossible. (Tertullianus)
Cetera desunt - The rest is missing
Ceteris paribus - All else being equal
Christus rex - Christ the King
Cineri gloria sera venit - Fame comes too late to the dead
Circa (c.) - Approximately
Clamo, clamatis, omnes clamamus pro glace lactis - I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
Clara pacta, boni amici - Clear agreements, good friends
Codex Juris Canonici - Book of canon law
Cogita ante salis - Think before you leap, or look before you leap
Cogitationis poenam nemo patitur - Nobody should be punished for his thoughts
Cogito ergo doleo - I think therefore I am depressed
Cogito sumere potum alterum - I think I'll have another drink
Cogito, ergo sum - I think, therefore I am. (Reni Descartes)
Commodum ex iniuria sua nemo habere debet - No person ought to have advantage from his own wrong
Commune bonum - The common good
Commune periculum concordiam parit - Common danger brings forth harmony
Communi consilio - By common consent
Compos mentis - Of sound mind (and judgement)
Concordia discors - Discordant harmony
Concordia res parvae crescent - Work together to accomplish more
Conditio sine qua non - Condition without which not, or an essential condition or requirement
Confer (cf.) - Compare
Confiteor - I confess
Congregatio de Propaganda Fide - Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith
Coniecturalem artem esse medicinam - Medicine is the art of guessing. (Aulus Cornelius Celsus)
Coniunctis viribus - With united powers
Conlige suspectos semper habitos - Round up the usual suspects
Consensu omnium - By the agreement of all
Consensus audacium - An agreement of rash men. (a conspiracy) (Cicero)
Consuetudinis magna vis est - The force of habit is great. (Cicero)
Consule planco - In the consulship of Plancus (In the good old days) (Horace)
Consummatum est - It is completed (Christ's last words, John 19:30)
Contra felicem vix deus vires habet - Against a lucky man a god scarcely has power
Contra mundum - Against the world
Contraria contrariis curantur - The opposite is cured with the opposite. (Hippocrates)
Coram populo - In the presence of the people. (Horace)
Cornix cornici oculos non effodiet - A crow doesn't rip out the eyes of another crow
Cornucopia - Horn of plenty
Corpus christi - The body of Christ
Corpus delicti - The body of a crime. (The substance or fundamental facts of a crime)
Corpus Juris Canonici - The body of canon law
Corpus Juris Civilis - The body of civil law
Corpus vile - Worthless body
Corrigenda - A list of things to be corrected. (in a book)
Corripe Cervisiam - Seize the beer!
Corruptio optimi pessima - Corruption of the best is worst
Coruscantes disci per convexa caeli volantes - Flying saucers
Cotidiana vilescunt - Familiarity breeds contempt
Cotidie damnatur qui semper timet - The man who is constantly in fear is every day condemned. (Syrus)
Crapulam terriblem habeo - I have a terrible hangover
Cras amet qui nunquam amavit; Quique amavit, cras amet - May he love tomorrow who has never loved before
Credidi me felem vidisse! - I tought I taw a puddy tat!
Credite amori vera dicenti - Believe love speaking the truth. (St. Jerome)
Credo elvem etiam vivere - I believe Elvis lives
Credo nos in fluctu eodem esse - I think we're on the same wavelength
Credo quia absurdum - I believe it because it is absurd. (contrary to reason) (Tertullian)
Credo ut intelligam - I believe in order that I may understand. (St. Augustine)
Credula vitam spes fovet et melius cras fore semper dicit - Credulous hope supports our life, and always says that tomorrow will be better. (Tibullus)
Crescit amor nummi, quantum ipsa pecunia crevit - The love of wealth grows as the wealth itself grew. (Juvenalis)
Crescite et multiplicamini - Increase and multiply
Crimen falsi - Perjury
Crudelius est quam mori semper timere mortem - It is more cruel to always fear death than to die. (Seneca)
Crux - Puzzle
Cui bono? - For whose benefit is it? (a maxim sometimes used in the detection of crime) (Cicero)
Cui dono lepidum novum libellum? - To whom do I give my new elegant little book? (Catullus)
Cui malo? - Who suffers a detriment?
Cui peccare licet peccat minus - One who is allowed to sin, sins less. (Ovid)
Cuius regio, eius religio - He who rules, his religion
Cuiusvis hominis est errare; nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare - Any man can make a mistake; only a fool keeps making the same one
Cuivis dolori remedium est patientia - Patience is the cure for all suffer
Culpa - A sin
Culpam poena premit comes - Punishment closely follows crime as its companion. (Horace)
Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt - When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults
Cum grano salis - With a grain of salt. (Pliny the Elder?)
Cum homine de cane debeo congredi - Excuse me. I've got to see a man about a dog
Cum laude magnum - With great success
Cum laude - With praise
Cum tacent, clamant - When they remain silent, they cry out. (Their silence speaks louder than words) (Cicero)
Cum - With
Cur etiam hic es - Why are you still here?
Cura nihil aliud nisi ut valeas - Pay attention to nothing except that you do well. (Cicero)
Cura posterior - A later concern
Cura ut valeas - Take care
Curae leves loquuntur ingentes stupent - Slight griefs talk, great ones are speechless. (minor losses can be talked away, profound ones strike us dumb)
Curriculum vitae - The course of one's life
Cursum perficio - My journey is over, or I finish my journey
Custos morum - Guardian of morals
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Da mihi basilia mille - Kiss me with a thousand kisses
Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo! - Make me chaste and pure, but not yet!
Da mihi sis bubulae frustrum assae, solana tuberosa in modo gallico fricta, ac quassum lactatum coagulatum crassum - Give me a hamburger, french fries, and a thick shake
Da mihi sis cerevisiam dilutam - I'll have a light beer
Da mihi sis crustum Etruscum cum omnibus in eo - I'll have a pizza with everything on it
Damnant quod non intellegunt - They condemn what they do not understand
Data et accepta - Expenditure and receipts
De asini vmbra disceptare - To argue about the shadow of an ass. (petty things for petty mind)
De bene esse - It shall be so, as long as it is well
De die in diem - From day to day
De duobus malis, minus est semper eligendum - Of two evils, the lesser must always be chosen (Thomas a Kempis)
De facto - Something that is automatically accepted
De gustibus non est disputandum - There's no accounting for taste
De inimico non loquaris sed cogites - Don't wish ill for your enemy; plan it
De integro - Repeat again from the start
De iure - By law. According to law
De minimis non curat praetor - The authority or king, or law does not care about trivial things
De minimis - With respect to trifles
De mortuis nil nisi bonum - Say nothing but good about the dead. (Chilon)
De nihilo nihil - Nothing comes from nothing. (Lucretius)
De novo - Anew
De profundis - Up from the depths (of misery)
De rervm natvra - On the nature of things. (title of Marcus Aurelius's magnum opus)
Decrevi - I have decreed
Dei gratia - By the grace of God
Delenda est carthago - Carthage must be destroyed
Dente lupus, cornu taurus petit - The wolf attacks with his fang, the bull with his horn. (Horace)
Deo adiuvante - With God's help
Deo favente - With God's favour
Deo gratias - [We give] thanks to God
Deo Optimo Maximo - To God, the Best, the Greatest
Deo vindice - God will prove us right. (motto of the Confederate States of America)
Deo volente - God willing
Desunt cetera - The rest is missing
Deus absconditus - A god who is hidden from man
Deus commodo muto consisto quem meus canis sententia existo - Which, in a very ham-fisted way, with generosity, comes close to being
Deus et natua non faciunt frusta - God and nature do not work together in vain
Deus ex machina - A contrived or artificial solution. (literally, 'a god from a machine')
Deus Misereatur - May God Have Mercy
Deus vobiscum - God be with you
Deus volent - (as) God will
Deus vult! - God wills it! (Slogan of the Crusades)
Di! Ecce hora! Uxor mea me necabit! - God, look at the time! My wife will kill me!
Diabolus fecit, ut id facerem! - The devil made me do it!
Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am
Dictum sapienti sat est - A word to a wise person is sufficient
Die dulci freure - Have a nice day
Diem perdidi - I have lost a day (another day wasted) (Titus)
Dies felices - Happy Days
Dies Irae - Day of Wrath, or Judgment Day
Dies natalis - Birthday
Dies non - Business free day
Difficile est longum subito deponere amorem - It is difficult to suddenly give up a long love. (Catullus)
Difficile est saturam non scribere - It is hard not to write satire. (Juvenalis)
Difficile est tenere quae acceperis nisi exerceas - It is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you should practice it. (Pliny the Younger)
Diis aliter visum - The Gods decided otherwise
Diligentia maximum etiam mediocris ingeni subsidium - Diligence is a very great help even to a mediocre intelligence. (Seneca)
Diligite justitiam, o judices terrae - Cherish justice, o judges of the earth
Dimidium facti qui coepit habet - Half is done when the beginning is done. (Horace)
Dira necessitas - The dire necessity. (Horace)
Discere docendo - To learn through teaching
Disiecti membra poetae - Limbs of a dismembered poet. (Horace)
Disjecta membra - The scattered remains
Divide et impera - Divide and conquer
Dixi - I have spoken. (I will say no more on the matter, and no one else may speak further)
Do ut des - I give so that you give back
Docendo discitur - It is learned by teaching. (Seneca)
Doli capax - Capable of crime
Domine, dirige nos - Lord, direct us
Domino optimo maximo - To the Lord, the best and greatest
Dominus illuminatio mea - The Lord is my light
Dominus providebit - The Lord will provide
Dominus tecum - May the Lord be with you (Singular)
Dominus vobiscum - May the Lord be with you (Plural)
Domus dulcis domus - Home sweet home
Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos - As long as you are fortunate, you will have many friends (when you are successful, everyone wants to be your friend)
Donna nobis pacem - Grant us peace
Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus - Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon. (motto of Harry Potter's alma mater)
Dramatis personae - Characters of the play
Duc, sequere, aut de via decede - Lead, follow, or get out of the way
Ducator meus nihil agit sine lagunculae leynidae accedunt - My calculator does not work without batteries
Duco ergo sum - I calculate therefore I am
Dulce bellum inexpertis - War is sweet for those who haven't experienced it. (Pindaros)
Dulce est desipere in loco - It is sweet to relax at the proper time
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori - It is sweet and glorious to die for one's country. (Horace)
Dulcius ex asperis - Through difficulty, sweetness
Dum excusare credis, accusas - When you believe you are excusing yourself, you are accusing yourself. (St. Jerome)
Dum inter homines sumus, colamus humanitatem - As long as we are among humans, let us be humane. (Seneca)
Dum spiramus tuebimur - While we breathe, we shall defend
Dum spiro, spero - While I breathe, I hope. (Cicero)
Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum - While we have the time, let us do good
Dum vita est spes est - While life is, hope is. / While there is life there is hope
Dum vivimus, vivamus - While we live, let us live (Epicurean philosophy)
Dura lex, sed lex - The law is harsh, but it is the law
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