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salus populi suprema lex esto

[sah-loo s paw-poo-lee soo-prey-mah leks es-toh; English sey-luh s pop-yuh-lahy-soo-pree-muh leks es-toh]
Latin.
  1. let the welfare of the people be the supreme law: a motto of Missouri.
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vox populi

[voks pop-yuh-lahy]
noun
  1. the voice of the people; popular opinion.Abbreviationvox pop.
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Origin of vox populi

From the Latin word vōx populī

vox populi, vox Dei

[wohks poh-poo-lee wohks de-ee; English voks pop-yuh-lahy voks dee-ahy, dey-ee]
Latin.
  1. the voice of the people (is) the voice of God.
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vox populi

noun
  1. the voice of the people; popular or public opinion
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Word Origin

Latin
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Word Origin and History for populi

vox populi

n.

1540s, Latin, literally "voice of the people." The full maxim (first attested in Medieval Latin) is vox populi, vox Dei "the voice of the people is the voice of God." Short form vox pop attested by 1964.

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