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ex nihilo

[eks nahy-uh-loh, nee-uh-] /ˌɛks ˈnaɪ ə loʊ, ˈni ə-/
adverb, adjective, Latin.
out of nothing; from nothing.

ex nihilo nihil fit

[eks ni-hi-loh ni-hil fit; English eks nahy-hi-loh nahy-hil fit, nee-hi-loh nee-hil] /ɛks ˈnɪ hɪˌloʊ ˈnɪ hɪl ˈfɪt; English ɛks ˈnaɪ hɪˌloʊ ˈnaɪ hɪl ˈfɪt, ˈni hɪˌloʊ ˈni hɪl/
nothing is created from nothing. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I don't see how nihilo inornata would make more for Vossius's Sense.

    Lectures on Poetry Joseph Trapp
  • Iam Hanno timere incipiebat, sed periculum astuto responso avertit: Hoc vero inquit si feceritis, nihilo eritis Afris meliores.

    Selections from Viri Romae Charles Franois L'Homond
Word Origin and History for nihilo

ex nihilo

Latin, literally "out of nothing," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + nihilo, ablative of nihil "nothing" (see nil).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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