lacrimae rerum sunt

Latin quotation based on Virgil
la·​cri·​mae re·​rum sunt | \ ˌlä-kri-ˌmī-ˈrā-ˌru̇m-su̇nt How to pronounce lacrimae rerum sunt (audio) \

Definition of lacrimae rerum sunt

 (Entry 1 of 6)

sunt lacrimae rerum

Latin quotation from Virgil
sunt la·​cri·​mae re·​rum | \ su̇nt-ˌlä-kri-ˌmī-ˈrā-ru̇m How to pronounce sunt lacrimae rerum (audio) \

Definition of sunt lacrimae rerum (Entry 2 of 6)

: there are tears for things : there is pity for misfortune also : there are tears in things : life is tragic

tempus edax rerum

Latin quotation from Ovid
tem·​pus edax re·​rum | \ ˈtem-pu̇s-ˌe-ˌdäks-ˈrā-ru̇m How to pronounce tempus edax rerum (audio) \

Definition of tempus edax rerum (Entry 3 of 6)

: time, that devours all things

index rerum

noun (1)
index re·​rum | \ -ˈrērəm\
plural indices rerum

Definition of index rerum (Entry 4 of 6)

: an index of topics covered (as in a book)

in rerum natura

in re·​rum na·​tu·​ra | \ -ˈrārəmnəˈtu̇rə, -ˈrēr-\

Definition of in rerum natura (Entry 5 of 6)

: in the nature of things in the world of nature as distinguished from the world of human beings : in the realm of material things they do not signify anything in rerum natura— R. F. McRae

universitas rerum

noun (2)
universitas re·​rum | \ -ˈrērəm, -rār-\

Definition of universitas rerum (Entry 6 of 6)

: a totality of objects treated in one or more respects as a whole in law

History and Etymology for lacrimae rerum sunt

Noun (1)

New Latin, index of things



Noun (2)

Latin, totality of things

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