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Examples of ne plus ultra in a Sentence
this new sports car is being billed as the ne plus ultra of automotive achievement
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It's the height, the zenith, the ultimate, the crown, the pinnacle. It's the peak, the summit, the crest, the high-water mark. All these expressions, of course, mean "the highest point attainable." But ne plus ultra may top them all when it comes to expressing in a sophisticated way that something is the pink of perfection. It is said that the term's predecessor, non plus ultra, was inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules at the Strait of Gibraltar, which marked the western end of the classical world. The phrase served as a warning: "(Let there) not (be) more (sailing) beyond." The New Latin version ne plus ultra, meaning "(go) no more beyond," found its way into English in the 1630s.
Origin and Etymology of ne plus ultra
First Known Use: 1637See Words from the same year
ne plus ultra Synonyms
Synonymsacme, apex, apogee, capstone, climax, crescendo, crest, crown, culmination, head, high noon, high tide, high-water mark, meridian, height, noon, noontime, peak, pinnacle, sum, summit, tip-top, top, zenith
Antonymsbottom, nadir, rock bottom
Related Wordsbloom, blossom, flood tide, flower, glory, heyday, prime; cap, ceiling, roof; extreme, extremity, tip, vertex; high, highlight, highspot
Near Antonymsabyss, base, foot; minimum
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