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morituri te salutamus

[moh-ri-too-ree te sah-loo-tah-moo s; English mawr-i-too r-ahy tee sal-yoo-tey-uh s, -tyoo r-ahy, -too r-ee, -tyoo r-ee] /ˌmoʊ rɪˈtu ri tɛ ˌsɑ luˈtɑ mʊs; English ˌmɔr ɪˈtʊər aɪ ti ˌsæl yuˈteɪ əs, -ˈtyʊər aɪ, -ˈtʊər i, -ˈtyʊər i/
Latin.
1.
we who are about to die salute you: said by Roman gladiators to the emperor.
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  • Between two palms at the entrance he had a huge placard suspended bearing the words: “Ave, Cæsar, morituri te salutamus.”

    The Spell of Flanders

    Edward Neville Vose
  • In just such a manner did the gladiators salute Nero with their "morituri te salutamus!"

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil

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