fi·​nis | \ ˈfi-nəs How to pronounce finis (audio) , ˈfī-nəs; fə-ˈnē How to pronounce finis (audio) \

Definition of finis

: end, conclusion … rather than a finis, there was a petering-out of funds and energy and a creeping-in of decay.— Ronald Blythe The debilitating back ailment that afflicted him last season could have spelled finis to [=could have ended] his career.— Stan Fischler typically used like "the end" to mark the conclusion of something, such as a book or movie… the book lay open before me at the last page, where was written 'Finis.'— Charlotte Brontë

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Examples of finis in a Sentence

if the two countries keep up their arms race, the inevitable finis to their rivalry will be their mutual destruction

First Known Use of finis

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finis

Middle English, from Latin

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“Finis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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