Latin. seize the day; enjoy the present, as opposed to placing all hope in the future.
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How to use carpe diem in a sentence
The heartbreaking death of MTV reality TV personality Diem Brown proves the emotional necessity and value of the reality TV genre.MTV’s Diem Brown Dies: When Reality TV Starts Getting Real | Kevin Fallon | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If Moran really wants to help current and future members of Congress, he'll skip the per diem and give them some advice: Do more.
Not surprisingly, the per diem proposal has been a flop since Moran floated it a few weeks ago.
[John F. Kennedy, Jr., exits room] JFK: I was shocked by the death of Diem and Nhu.
Diem first agreed to carry out the changes, but he later reneged, setting off a series of incidents that led to his downfall.Tibetans Cry Out for Haven From China in Dozens of Self-Immolations | Paul Mooney | September 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
If a man has hired oxen, a wagon, and its driver, he shall give one hundred and eighty ka of corn per diem.
If a man has hired a wagon by itself, he shall give forty ka of corn per diem.
If a man has hired a fast ship, he shall give two and a half še of silver per diem as her hire.
If a man has hired a ship of sixty gur, he shall give one-sixth of a shekel of silver per diem as her hire.
You are paid fifty pounds per diem to see that there is more brains in my little finger than in all your carcass.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for carpe diem
enjoy the pleasures of the moment, without concern for the future
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Cultural definitions for Carpe diem
Latin for “Seize the day”: take full advantage of present opportunities. This sentiment is found not only in classical literature but in much of English literature as well (see “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” and “Had we but world enough, and time, / This coyness, Lady, were no crime.”)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with carpe diem
Enjoy the present and don't worry about the future, as in It's a beautiful day, so forget tomorrow's test—carpe diem! Latin for “seize the day,” an aphorism found in the Roman writer Horace's Odes, this phrase has been used in English since the early 1800s.
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