noli me tangere

noun
no·​li me tan·​ge·​re | \ ˌnō-lē-(ˌ)mē-ˈtan-jə-rē How to pronounce noli me tangere (audio) , -ˌlī-, -(ˌ)mā-, -ˈtäŋ-gə-ˌrā \

Definition of noli me tangere

: a warning against touching or interference

First Known Use of noli me tangere

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for noli me tangere

Latin, do not touch me; from Jesus' words to Mary Magdalene (John 20:17)

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“Noli me tangere.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noli%20me%20tangere. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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