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[kwee; French ky-ee] /kwi; French küˈi/
[French sey-zar] /French seɪˈzar/ (Show IPA),
[Russian uhn-taw-nuh-vyich] /Russian ʌnˈtɔ nə vyɪtʃ/ (Show IPA),
1835–1918, Russian composer.

cui bono

[koo i boh-noh; English kwee boh-noh, kahy-] /kʊɪ ˈboʊ noʊ; English ˈkwi ˈboʊ noʊ, ˈkaɪ-/
for whose benefit?
for what use? of what good? Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And Father Humphreys (if he knew the words) might truly say Cui bono?

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • He had adopted as his motto and watchword the fatal Cui bono?

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • I have kept the paper still, frayed and yellow with age; but the fatal Cui bono?

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • Very possibly I should call it the same; but, my dear sir, Cui bono?

  • And straightway hereupon, arose the natural question of Cui bono?

  • In both huic and Cui it represents an earlier oi (hoic, quoi).

    Latin Pronunciation Harry Thurston Peck
  • But he had got so far as to ask himself the question,—Cui bono?

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Cui was an officer of Engineers, and added to his modest income by coaching.

    The Russian Opera Rosa Newmarch
  • Cui first met Balakirev in 1856, and was introduced by him to Dargomijsky.

    The Russian Opera Rosa Newmarch
British Dictionary definitions for Cui

cui bono

/kwiː ˈbəʊnəʊ/
for whose benefit? for what purpose?
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Cui

cui bono

a Latin phrase from Cicero. It means "to whom for a benefit," or "who profits by it?" not "to what good purpose?" as is often erroneously claimed. From cui "to? for whom?," an old form preserved here in the dative form of the interrogative pronoun quis "who?" (see who) + bono "good" (see bene-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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