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The Economist Style Guide, 10th Edition by The Economist

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Latin

Here are some common Latin words and phrases, together with their translations.

ab initio

from the beginning

ad hoc

for this object or purpose (implied and “this one only”); therefore, without a system, spontaneously

ad hominem

to an individual’s interests or passions; used of an argument that takes advantage of the character of the person on the other side

ad infinitum

to infinity, that is, endlessly

ad lib., ad libitum

at pleasure. Used adverbially or even as a verb when it means to invent or extemporise

ad nauseam

to a sickening extent

ad valorem

according to value (as opposed to volume)

a fortiori

with stronger reason

annus mirabilis

wonderful year, used to describe a special year, one in which more ...

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