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finis

[fin-is, fee-nee, fahy-nis] /ˈfɪn ɪs, fiˈni, ˈfaɪ nɪs/
noun
1.
end; conclusion.
Origin of finis
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (< F) < Latin fīnis; see fine1

finis coronat opus

[fee-nis-koh-roh-naht-oh-poo s; English fin-is kaw-roh-nat oh-puh s, koh-] /ˈfi nɪs koʊˈroʊ nɑtˈoʊ pʊs; English ˈfɪn ɪs kɔˈroʊ næt ˈoʊ pəs, koʊ-/
Latin.
1.
the end crowns the work.
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Examples from the Web for finis
Historical Examples
  • Needless to say that rat was "na-poo," which is soldier-French, meaning "finis."

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride
  • I had set "finis" to that chapter; was fate minded to overrule me and write more?

    Simon Dale

    Anthony Hope
  • I will write a bold "finis" at the end, and shut the book with a bang!

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • It seems, however, that they had not come to the real, sure-enough finis.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • When I came away it was like closing a book and writing 'finis.'

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page
  • As to this part of the question, we may now safely cry, "finis, laus Deo!"

  • Were this an artistic story, here, of course, one would write “finis.”

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • It is said that he exclaimed, on seeing all hopes at an end, "finis Poloniæ!"

  • But it was also the end of a chapter, the closing of an era, for the finis was in sight.

  • There are 28 days in each month, with a new month, finis, added.

    A. D. 2000 Alvarado M. Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for finis

finis

/ˈfɪnɪs/
noun
1.
the end; finish: used at the end of books, films, etc
Word Origin
C15: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for finis
n.

Latin, literally "the end" (see finish (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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