suaviter in modo, fortiter in re

[swah-wi-ter in moh-doh, fohr-ti-ter in rey; English swav-i-ter in moh-doh, fawr-ti-ter in ree, fohr-, swah-vi-ter]


gently in manner, firmly in action. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for suaviter

Historical Examples of suaviter

  • The motto of Earl Newborough was "Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re."

  • But that was the worst of the old man, he had no notion of the suaviter in modo!

    Five Tales

    John Galsworthy

  • You should have given it him with more of the suaviter in modo and less of the fortiter in re.

    The Swan and Her Crew

    George Christopher Davies

  • He is wily and cunning, with much of the suaviter in modo, and is something of a lawyer.

  • With the suaviter in modo was united, in no small proportion, the fortiter in re.

    The Oxford Reformers

    Frederic Seebohm