ne plus ultra

[ nee pluhs uhl-truh, ney; Latin ne ploo s oo l-trah ]
/ ˈni ˌplʌs ˈʌl trə, ˈneɪ; Latin ˈnɛ ˌplʊs ˈʊl trɑ /

noun

the highest point; acme.
the most intense degree of a quality or state.

Origin of ne plus ultra

1690–1700; < New Latin, Latin nē plūs ultrā (may you) not (go) further beyond (this point)
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British Dictionary definitions for ne plus ultra

ne plus ultra

/ Latin (ˈneɪ ˈplʊs ˈʊltrɑː) /

noun

the extreme or perfect point or state

Word Origin for ne plus ultra

literally: not more beyond (that is, go no further), allegedly a warning to sailors inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules at Gibraltar
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Word Origin and History for ne plus ultra

ne plus ultra


"utmost limit to which one can go," Latin, literally "no more beyond;" the motto traditionally inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules.

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