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carpe diem

[kahr-pe dee-em; English kahr-pee dahy-uh m, kahr-pey dee-uh m] /ˈkɑr pɛ ˈdi ɛm; English ˈkɑr pi ˈdaɪ əm, ˈkɑr peɪ ˈdi əm/
Latin. seize the day; enjoy the present, as opposed to placing all hope in the future. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • "carpe diem," I snarled at Horace, a hammered-down heavyweight.

    Modus Vivendi Gordon Randall Garrett
  • His motto was "carpe diem," and he carefully contrived to live down to it.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man

    Marie Saltus
  • A great deal of his best poetry is merely a variation on carpe diem.

    Old and New Masters Robert Lynd
  • Your sentiment on the wisdom of carpe diem does not impress me today.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • Never so poignantly had he felt the insistence of the carpe diem.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • The wisdom of the worldly teacher—at least, the carpe diem—was practised here before the injunction was ever thought of.

  • Thus evoking a smile from a casual carp,Who had "carpe diem" for his motto.

  • It breathes the true pagan spirit, carpe diem—Seize the day.

    The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow
  • carpe diem is my motto,” observed a jovial, bald-headed gentleman, who sat next to him.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • He plucks the present—carpe diem, as Horace sings, and never for an instant troubles himself about the future.

British Dictionary definitions for carpe diem

carpe diem

/ˈkɑːpɪ ˈdiːɛm/
enjoy the pleasures of the moment, without concern for the future
Word Origin
literally: seize the day!
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Word Origin and History for carpe diem

1786, Latin, "enjoy the day," literally "pluck the day (while it is ripe)," an aphorism from Horace ("Odes" I.xi), from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (see harvest (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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carpe diem in Culture
Carpe diem [(kahr-pe dee-em, deye-em)]

Latin for “Seize the day”: take full advantage of present opportunities. This sentiment is found not only in classical literature but in much of English literature as well (seeGather ye rosebuds while ye mayandHad we but world enough, and time, / This coyness, Lady, were no crime.”)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Idioms and Phrases with carpe diem

carpe diem

Enjoy the present and don't worry about the future, as in It's a beautiful day, so forget tomorrow's test—carpe diem! Latin for “seize the day,” an aphorism found in the Roman writer Horace's Odes, this phrase has been used in English since the early 1800s.
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