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nemo me impune lacessit

[ne-moh me im-poo-ne lah-kes-sit; English nee-moh mee im-pyoo-nee luh-ses-it]
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Latin.
  1. no one attacks me with impunity: motto of Scotland.
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Historical Examples

  • The thistle is the order for dignity and antiquity; the veritable 'nemo me impune lacessit' of chivalry.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The thistle is the order for dignity and antiquity; the veritable nemo me impune lacessit of chivalry!

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • impune diem consumpserit ingens Telephus;” and upon bad writers only will censure have much effect.

  • The collar is formed of thistles, alternating with sprigs of rue, and the motto is Nemo me impune lacessit.

  • Cactuses are the hedgehogs of the vegetable world; their motto is Nemo me impune lacessit.


Word Origin and History for impune

adj.

"unpunished" (obsolete), 1610s, from Latin impunis "unpunished," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + poena (see penal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper