- the same as previously given or mentioned.
Origin of idem
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin īdem
[ahl-ter ee-dem; English awl-ter ahy-dem, al-]
- another exactly the same.
[sem-per ee-dem; English sem-per ahy-dem, id-em]
- always the same.
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Examples from the Web for idem
Idem, Proverbs of the Arabs; and my Lexicon, voce "khaṭaba."Arabian Society In The Middle Ages
Edward William Lane
Idem, p. 65 (quotations from The Principles of the Revolution).Violence and the Labor Movement
The 18th, idem, but in two shots: two Fritzes in five shots, record.Georges Guynemer
Idem scire is a good thing; but men of all nations may know the same thing, and yet remain strangers one to another.
Idem velle idem nolle in re publica, ea demum firma amicitia est.
- the same: used to refer to an article, chapter, etc, previously cited
Word Origin and History for idem
Latin, literally "the same" (see identical).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper