ne plus ultra

ne plus ul·​tra | \ˌnā-ˌpləs-ˈəl-trə, ˌnē-\

Definition of ne plus ultra 

1 : the highest point capable of being attained : acme

2 : the most profound degree of a quality or state

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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.

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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This is probably the place to mention that the crocheted sweater is no longer the ne plus ultra of canine and feline fashion. Peter Haldeman, New York Times, "The Secret Price of Pets," 4 July 2018 Along with the Toy Story trilogy, The Incredibles is one of the jewels in the crown that made Pixar the ne plus ultra of animation companies. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Incredibles 2': Film Review," 11 June 2018 Chef/owner Pierre Calmels has the city’s ne plus ultra of BYOBs, Bibou. Michael Klein,, "Let's Eat: Poke and the Rittenhouse scene," 30 May 2018 To prove to skeptics that miracles occur, CNN’s ne plus ultra of fake-news authorship, Wolf Blitzer, uttered words of respectful admiration for the president. Conrad Black, National Review, "Michael Wolff and the Death Rattle of Trumpophobia," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of ne plus ultra

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ne plus ultra

New Latin, (go) no more beyond

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