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nil desperandum

[neel des-pe-rahn-doo m; English nil des-puh-ran-duh m] /ˈnil ˌdɛs pɛˈrɑn dʊm; English ˈnɪl ˌdɛs pəˈræn dəm/
Latin.
1.
never despair.
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  • nil desperandum; keep up your courage, and all will go well.

    The Young Llanero W.H.G. Kingston
  • Nothing succeeds—sometimes—like the logic of nil desperandum.

    The Fiction Factory John Milton Edwards
  • nil desperandum is a good motto, and Nil admirari, is another.

  • nil desperandum seems to be the popular motto, amalgamated with the David Crocket principle, enlarged and improved.

  • He failed twice, but was then successful, and placed on his work the appropriate motto, nil desperandum.

    Church Bells H. B. Walters
  • "nil desperandum, Christo duce," said the preacher; and thus heartened, the little fleet set sail on its triumphant journey.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • Our flag, whose motto ends with this, may well begin, 'nil desperandum—'Never despair.'

  • On another occasion, about the same time, he said: "nil desperandum de republica is a sound principle."

    Gouverneur Morris Theodore Roosevelt
  • nil desperandum is the watch-word which flashes down the ranks of our men, even in the tightest corners.

    With The Immortal Seventh Division E. J. Kennedy and the Lord Bishop of Winchester
  • But Seattle is better for the disaster, and stands to-day a monument to the "nil desperandum" policy of its leaders.

    My Native Land James Cox
British Dictionary definitions for nil desperandum

nil desperandum

/ˈnɪl ˌdɛspəˈrændəm/
sentence substitute
1.
never despair
Word Origin
from Latin, literally: nothing to be despaired of
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