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O tempora! O mores!

[oh tem-poh-rah oh moh-reys; English oh tem-per-uh oh mawr-eez, mohr-]
  1. O times! O customs!
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tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis

[tem-paw-rah moo-tahn-toor, nohs et moo-tah-moor in il-lees; English tem-per-uh myoo-tan-ter, nohs et myoo-tey-mer in il-is]
  1. the times change and we change with them.
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Examples from the Web for tempora

Historical Examples of tempora

  • It has been said, "Tempora mutantur nos et mutamur in illis."

    God the Known and God the Unknown

    Samuel Butler

  • "Tempora" can hardly refer to anything but the tenses of the grammar.

  • "Tempora mutantur," and possibly monks with them, and this is all that need be said.

  • The oft-quoted line "Tempora Mutantur," &c., is from Borbonius.

  • Tempora mutantur since the inhabitants of such a hold can go from Bingen to Coblentz to dine in a steamer.

    A Residence in France

    J. Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for tempora

O tempora! O mores!

sentence substitute
  1. oh the times! oh the customs!: an exclamation at the evil of them
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Word Origin for O tempora! O mores!

from Cicero's oration In Catilinam
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