Refers to the founding of Rome, which occurred in 753 BC according to Livy's count.
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It is not an honorary degree, but a recognition of the formal learning that earned the degree at another college. Typically used in argumentum ad hominem, a logical fallacy consisting of criticizing a person when the subject of debate is the person's ideas or argument, on the mistaken assumption that the validity of an argument is to some degree dependent on the qualities of the proponent.
Attributed by Suetonius in Lives of the Twelve Caesars to Caesar Augustus.
Applied by Sibelius to the third movement of his String Quartet no.
2 so that his audience would realize it was the last one, as a fourth would normally be expected. Often used of politicians who make false or insincere promises to appeal to popular interest.
Te absolvo or absolvo te, translated, "I forgive you," said by Roman Catholic priests during the Sacrament of Confession prior to Vatican II.
A legal maxim denoting that any accused person is entitled to make a plea of not guilty, and also that a witness is not obliged to give a response or submit a document that will incriminate himself.
Loosely, "according to what pleases" or "as you wish"; libitum comes from the past participle of libere, "to please".
It typically indicates in music and theatrical scripts that the performer has the liberty to change or omit something.
A judicial declaration of the invalidity of a marriage ab initio is a nullity. In other contexts, often refers to beginner or training courses.
Ab initio mundi means "from the beginning of the world". Used in law to describe a decision or action that is detrimental to those it affects and was made based on hatred or anger, rather than on reason.
Not to be confused with a reductio ad absurdum, which is usually a valid logical argument.