Jesus Savior of Men.
in this sign (the cross) shalt thou conquer.
in this (cross) is salvation.
Later, popular—or just plain wrong—expansions and translations of Latin IHS, IHC include Iēsus Hominum Salvātor “Jesus Savior of Men”; In Hōc Salūs “In this (cross) is Salvation”, and the famous In Hōc Signō Vincēs “In this sign (the cross) shalt thou conquer.” The Latin Christian writer Lactantius (c. 250-c. 325) and the Greek Christian writer Eusebius of Caesarea (c. 260-c. 340) both tell the same basic story of the dream or vision that the emperor Constantine I (Constantine the Great) had while marching with his army, in which he saw in the heavens a bright cross bearing the Greek inscription en toútōi níka “In this (sign) conquer,” rendered into Latin as In Hōc Signō Vincēs, now reduced to the logo for a brand of cigarettes.
In the Middle Ages, IHS was widely used by the Franciscans, and in the Catholic Reformation (the period of Catholic reform that began in 1543 with the Council of Trent), the Jesuits interpreted IHS as Iēsum Habēmus Socium (“We have Jesus as our Companion”).
Two more popular mistakes about the meaning of IHS occur in Ulysses (1922) in Mr. Bloom’s thoughts while he is at Mass: “I have sinned: or no: I have suffered, it is....,” an error that persisted in parochial schools till well past the middle of the 20th century.
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How to use IHS in a sentence
The shutdown costs $300 million in lost gross domestic product per day, according to IHS Global Insight.This Shutdown Is Not the Same as 1995 and 1996…It’s Worse | Daniel Gross | October 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Libya production is at its lowest since the civil war,” explains Aaron Brady, senior director for oil market research at IHS.Middle East Tensions and Supply Issues Push Oil Prices to Six-Month High | William O’Connor | August 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“The monetary arrow is very effective,” says Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS.Japan’s Fiscal Crossroads: Will Abenomics Mean Tougher Changes? | Daniel Gross | July 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
IHS iSuppli earlier this month reported that global PC shipments are expected to fall in 2012 for the first time since 2001.
"It's often portrayed that China and North Korea are best mates but that's not true," says IHS Global Insight's Thornton.
The material was black satin brocade, with a fringe of white silk, and the letters IHS in white damask.The Arts and Crafts of Older Spain, Volume III (of 3) | Leonard Williams
On one side of the church lay a broken bell, with the letters IHS and a cross.Great African Travellers | W.H.G. Kingston
The others bore, alternately, coats of arms and the monogram IHS, with wreaths of vine-leaves.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Albans | Thomas Perkins
British Dictionary definitions for IHS
the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek (ΙΗΣΟΥΣ), often used as a Christian emblem
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