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suaviter in modo, fortiter in re

[swah-wi-ter in moh-doh, fohr-ti-ter in rey; English swav-i-ter in moh-doh, fawr-ti-ter in ree, fohr-, swah-vi-ter] /ˈswɑ wɪˌtɛr ɪn ˈmoʊ doʊ, ˈfoʊr tɪˌtɛr ɪn ˈreɪ; English ˈswæv ɪ tər ɪn ˈmoʊ doʊ, ˈfɔr tɪ tər ɪn ˈri, ˈfoʊr-, ˈswɑ vɪ tər/
gently in manner, firmly in action. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A combination of the German fortiter in re with the American suaviter in modo would make the most efficient republic in the world.

    The Evidence in the Case James M. Beck
  • The motto of Earl Newborough was "suaviter in modo, fortiter in re."

  • In civilizing a native race the suaviter in modo is a more dangerous process than the fortiter in re.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson
  • But that was the worst of the old man, he had no notion of the suaviter in modo!

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • If that failed he would give him the summons; but he would start with the suaviter in modo.

    An Outback Marriage Andrew Barton Paterson
  • You should have given it him with more of the suaviter in modo and less of the fortiter in re.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • I have all my life been an admirer of the suaviter in modo; though it is quite out of place in New Zealand.

    Old New Zealand: 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
  • He is wily and cunning, with much of the suaviter in modo, and is something of a lawyer.

  • I will not deny that there are cases in which the suaviter in modo must be supplemented by the fortiter in re.

    Riding Recollections, 5th ed. G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • With the suaviter in modo was united, in no small proportion, the fortiter in re.

    The Oxford Reformers Frederic Seebohm

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