noli me tangere

[ noh-lahy mee tan-juh-ree, noh-lee; Latin noh-lee me tahng-ge-re ]

  1. a person or thing that must not be touched or interfered with.

  2. a picture representing Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene after his resurrection.

  1. Also no·li-me-tan·ge·re. the touch-me-not.

Origin of noli me tangere

<Latin: do not touch me (Jesus' words to Mary Magdalene) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use noli me tangere in a sentence

  • This quality is expressed twice over in the Latin name Impatiens noli-me-tangere.

  • Noli-me-tangere, the Scotch fiddle, or other contagious disease.

    The Slang Dictionary | John Camden Hotten
  • True, she had her lovely little serene, holy, noli-me-tangere air; but I thought that would pass.

British Dictionary definitions for noli-me-tangere


/ (ˈnəʊlɪˌmeɪˈtæŋɡərɪ) /

  1. a warning against interfering or against touching a person or thing

  2. a work of art depicting Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene after His Resurrection

  1. another name for touch-me-not

  2. a cancerous ulcer affecting soft tissue and bone

Origin of noli-me-tangere

from Latin: do not touch me, the words spoken by Christ to Mary Magdalene (Vulgate, John 20:17)

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