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vis major

[vis mey-jer] /ˈvɪs ˈmeɪ dʒər/
noun, plural vires majores
[vahy-reez muh-jawr-eez, -jor-] /ˈvaɪ riz məˈdʒɔr iz, -ˌdʒɒr-/ (Show IPA).
Origin of vis major
First recorded in 1595-1605, vis major is from the Latin word vīs major greater force Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nationalization is the cardinal fact, the vis major, on each side.

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • It suggested some vis major—perhaps a locomotive, which no one cares to encounter.

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
British Dictionary definitions for vis major

vis major

/ˈvɪs ˈmeɪdʒə/
Word Origin
from Latin, literally: greater force
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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