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vae victis

[wahy wik-tees; English vee vik-tis]
  1. woe to the vanquished.
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Historical Examples

  • It was indeed a case of vae victis,—woe to the conquered loyalists.

    The Last Boer War

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Subsequently under the title “Vae Victis”: last published in 1870.

    London Lyrics

    Frederick Locker

  • In seven weeks the Paris Revolution was overthrown—and "Vae victis!"

  • Cvis qudam innoxius, cu fundus in agr Albn erat, cum legns prscrptrum nmina s quoque vidret scrptum, Vae inquit miser mihi4!

    Selections from Viri Romae

    Charles Franois L'Homond

  • The most generally accepted opinion is, that it is derived from a Latin expression--vemi (vae mihi), "woe is me!"

Word Origin and History for vae

vae victis

Latin, literally "woe to the vanquished," from Livy, "History" V.xlviii.9.

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