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ne plus ultra

[nee pluhs uhl-truh, ney; Latin ne ploo s oo l-trah] /ˈni ˌplʌs ˈʌl trə, ˈneɪ; Latin ˈnɛ ˌplʊs ˈʊl trɑ/
noun
1.
the highest point; acme.
2.
the most intense degree of a quality or state.
Origin of ne plus ultra
1690-1700
1690-1700; < New Latin, Latin nē plūs ultrā (may you) not (go) further beyond (this point)
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ne plus ultra

/ˈneɪ ˈplʊs ˈʊltrɑː/
noun
1.
the extreme or perfect point or state
Word Origin
literally: not more beyond (that is, go no further), allegedly a warning to sailors inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules at Gibraltar
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Word Origin and History for ne plus ultra

"utmost limit to which one can go," Latin, literally "no more beyond;" the motto traditionally inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules.

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