[wahy wik-tees; English vee vik-tis]
- woe to the vanquished.
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Examples from the Web for vae
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
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
Latin, literally "woe to the vanquished," from Livy, "History" V.xlviii.9.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper