amicus

[uh-mahy-kuh s, uh-mee-]
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adjective Law.

of, relating to, or representing an amicus curiae, a friend of the court: The church stated its official position in an amicus brief.

Origin of amicus

by shortening

amicus humani generis

[ah-mee-koo s hoo-mah-nee ge-ne-ris; English uh-mahy-kuh s hyoo-mey-nahy jen-uh-ris, uh-mee-kuh s hyoo-mey-nee]

noun Latin.

a philanthropist.

Origin of amicus humani generis

literally, friend of the human race

amicus usque ad aras

[ah-mee-koo s oo s-kwe ahd ah-rahs; English uh-mahy-kuh s uhs-kwee ad ey-ras, uh-mee-]

noun Latin.

a friend to the last degree.
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