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oderint dum metuant

foreign term ode·rint dum me·tu·ant \ˈō-de-ˌrint-ˌdu̇m-me-tu̇-ˌänt\

Definition of oderint dum metuant

    :  let them hate, so long as they fear

Origin and Etymology of oderint dum metuant


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