ides of March
March 15 in the ancient Roman calendar; the day in 44 b.c. on which Julius Caesar was assassinated.
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MORE ABOUT THE IDES OF MARCH
What is the ides of March?
The term ides of March refers to the date March 15.
The ides of March is the best known of these dates because it was the day on which Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 b.c.e. For this reason, it has become associated with bad omens, betrayal, and misfortune.
Relatedly, the term is often used in the expression beware the ides of March, which was popularized as a line in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar.
Example: I’m a bit superstitious, especially on dates like the ides of March.
When is the ides of March?
The ides of March is always March 15.
More information and context on the ides of March
The calends was the first day of each month—on which debts were due. Nones originally referred to the first quarter of the moon, approximately 10 days after a new moon. However, the nones came to be the day nine days before the ides (in the calculation of these nine days, both the ides and the day of the nones were counted as part of the nine). This meant that in March, May, July, and October, the nones was the seventh day of the month, and in the other months it was the fifth day. Ides originally referred to the day of the full moon, but became the 15th day of March, May, July and October, and the 13th day of the other months.
In Shakespeare’s play about him, Julius Caesar is warned about his future betrayal by a soothsayer, who tells him to “beware the ides of March.” The expression is often used in reference to bad omens or potential betrayal, particularly in political contexts, and the ides of March carries these same associations.
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How is ides of March discussed in real life?
Due to the history of the date, the ides of March is especially associated with bad omens and betrayal, especially in political contexts. It’s perhaps best known for its use in the expression beware the ides of March. Still, people sometimes simply use the term as another way of referring to March 15.
I'm way more superstitious about the Ides of March than Friday the 13th. Boy, am I glad it's the 16th.
— Chelsea Stickle (@Chelsea_Stickle) March 16, 2021
just realized it's april and not a single person told me to beware the ides of march?? some backstabbing friends i have
— shan (@Spooky_shan) April 6, 2021
So, on the Ides of March, my partner and I will be celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary. I’m thinking I should get us a couples massage and maybe a night out at @TorontoCastle 🤗❤️🤗
Decisions, decisions… 😁
— Mala Moragain Mistress Of Chaos (@MalaMoragain) March 3, 2022
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True or False?
The date of the ides of March varies from year to year.
How to use ides of March in a sentence
I was pregnant, uncomfortably so, for the first time and with twins, due the following March.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Last March they gave Airbus a huge piece of new business, ordering 169 A320s and 65 of the slightly larger A321.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Her focus would be on the three months, January through March 1965, that gave birth to the Voting Rights Act.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Dallas Cowboys sell out their state-of-the art football stadium.
The NYPD Emerald Society pipes and drums struck up a slow march and the procession began the journey to the cemetery.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In less than ten minutes, the bivouac was broken up, and our little army on the march.
Nothing remarkable occurred in our march through this country.
Genoa has but recently and partially felt the new impulse, yet even here the march of improvement is visible.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Then with your victorious legions you can march south and help drive the Yankee invaders from the land.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
While they were doing this, he assembled the officers around him, and the meaning of our night march was explained to us.