ad vitam aut culpam

ad vi·​tam aut cul·​pam | \ äd-ˈwē-ˌtäm-ˌau̇t-ˈku̇l-ˌpäm \

Definition of ad vitam aut culpam

: for life or until misbehavior used to qualify originally a feudal tenure and later an appointment to office

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of ad vitam aut culpam

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ad vitam aut culpam


Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About ad vitam aut culpam

Time Traveler for ad vitam aut culpam

Time Traveler

The first known use of ad vitam aut culpam was in 1760

See more words from the same year

Statistics for ad vitam aut culpam

Cite this Entry

“Ad vitam aut culpam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!