ipsissima verba

plural noun

ip·​sis·​si·​ma ver·​ba ip-ˈsi-sə-mə-ˈvər-bə How to pronounce ipsissima verba (audio)
: the exact language used by someone quoted

Word History


New Latin, literally, the selfsame words

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ipsissima verba was in 1807

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Cite this Entry

“Ipsissima verba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ipsissima%20verba. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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