List of Latin phrases (L)

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This page lists English translations of notable Latin phrases, such as veni vidi vici and et cetera. Some of the phrases are themselves translations of Greek phrases, as Greek rhetoric and literature reached its peak centuries before the rise of ancient Rome.

This list covers the letter L. See List of Latin phrases for the main list.


labor ipse voluptasThe pleasure is in the work itselfMotto of Leopold von Ranke.
labor omnia vincitHard work conquers allPopular as a motto; derived from a phrase in Virgil's Eclogue (X.69: omnia vincit Amor – "Love conquers all"); a similar phrase also occurs in his Georgics I.145. Motto of St. Xavier's Institution, Penang. Motto of Brinkworth Area School, South Australia. Motto of Princes Street Primary School, Tasmania, Australia.[1]
laborare pugnare parati sumusTo work, (or) to fight; we are readyMotto of the California Maritime Academy
labore et honoreBy labour and honourMotto of several schools
laboremus pro patriaLet us work for the fatherlandMotto of the Carlsberg breweries
laboris gloria LudiGames are the glory of work,Motto of the Camborne School of Mines, Cornwall, UK
lacrimae rerumThe poignancy of things.Virgil, Aeneid 1:462.
lapsuslapse, slip, error; involuntary mistake made while writing or speaking 
lapsus calamiinadvertent typographical error, slip of the pen 
lapsus linguaeinadvertent speech error, slip of the tongue 
lapsus memoriaeslip of memorysource of the term memory lapse
latius est impunitum relinqui facinus nocentis (quam innocentem damnari)It is better to let the crime of the guilty go unpunished (than to condemn the innocent)Ulpian, Digest 5:6.
laudator temporis actipraiser of time pastOne who is discontent with the present and instead prefers things of the past ("the good old days"). In Horace's Ars Poetica, line 173.
laudetur Jesus ChristusPraise (Be) Jesus ChristOften used as a salutation, but also used after prayers or the reading of the gospel.
laus Deopraise be to GodThis is written on the East side at the peak of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Also is the motto of the Viscount of Arbuthnott and Sydney Grammar School.
lectio brevior potiorThe shorter reading is the betterA wrong maxim in text criticism. Codified, but simultaneously refuted, by Johann Jakob Griesbach.
lectori salutemgreetings readerOften abbreviated to L.S., used as opening words for a letter.
lege artisaccording to the law of the artDenotes that a certain intervention is performed in a correct way. Used especially in a medical context. The 'art' referred to in the phrase is medicine.
legem terraethe law of the land
leges humanae nascuntur, vivunt, et moriunturlaws of man are born, live and die
leges sine moribus vanaelaws without morals [are] vainFrom Horace's Odes: the official motto of the University of Pennsylvania.
legio patria nostraThe Legion is our fatherlandMotto of the French Foreign Legion
legi, intellexi, et condemnaviI read, understood, and condemned.
legitimelawfullyIn Roman and civil law, a forced share in an estate; the portion of the decedent's estate from which the immediate family cannot be disinherited. From the French héritier legitime (rightful heir).
lex artislaw of the skillThe rules that regulate a professional duty.
lex dei vitae lampasthe law of God is the lamp of lifeMotto of the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Melbourne
lex ferendathe law that should be borneThe law as it ought to be.
lex hac edictalithe law here proclaimsThe rule whereby a spouse cannot by deed inter vivos or bequeath by testament to his or her second spouse more than the amount of the smallest portion given or bequeathed to any child.
lex in casulaw in the eventA law that only concerns one particular case. See law of the case.
lex latathe law that has been borneThe law as it is.
lex locilaw of the place
lex non scriptalaw that has not been writtenUnwritten law, or common law.
lex orandi, lex credendithe law of prayer is the law of faith
lex paciferatthe law shall bring peaceMotto of the European Gendarmerie Force
lex parsimoniaelaw of succinctnessalso known as Occam's Razor.
lex rexthe law [is] kingA principle of government advocating a rule by law rather than by men. The phrase originated as a double entendre in the title of Samuel Rutherford's controversial book Lex, Rex (1644), which espoused a theory of limited government and constitutionalism.
lex scriptawritten lawStatutory law. Contrasted with lex non scripta.
lex talionisthe law of retaliationRetributive justice (i.e., an eye for an eye).
libera te tutemet (ex inferis)Free yourself (from hell)Used in the movie Event Horizon (1997), where it is translated as "save yourself (from hell)". It is initially misheard as liberate me (free me), but is later corrected. Libera te is often mistakenly merged into liberate, which would necessitate a plural pronoun instead of the singular tutemet (which is an emphatic form of tu, you).
Libertas Justitia VeritasLiberty Justice TruthMotto of the Korea University and Freie Universität Berlin.
Libertas Perfundet Omnia LuceFreedom will flood all things with lightMotto of the Complutense University of Madrid.
Libertas Quae Sera Tamenfreedom which [is] however lateLiberty even when it comes late; Motto of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Libera ScientiaFree knowledge.
Libertas Securitas JustitiaLiberty Security JusticeMotto of the Frontex.
libra (lb)balance; scalesIts abbreviation lb is used as a unit of weight, the pound.
littera scripta manetThe written word enduresAttributed to Horace.
loco citato (lc)in the place citedMore fully written in loco citato. See also opere citato.
locum tenensplace holderA worker who temporarily takes the place of another with similar qualifications, for example as a doctor or a member of the clergy. Sometimes shortened to locum.
locus classicusa classic placeThe most typical or classic case of something; quotation which most typifies its use.
locus minoris resistentiaeplace of less resistanceA medical term to describe a location on or in a body that offers little resistance to infection, damage, or injury. For example, a weakened place that tends to be reinjured.
locus poenitentiaea place of repentanceA legal term, it is the opportunity of withdrawing from a projected contract, before the parties are finally bound; or of abandoning the intention of committing a crime, before it has been completed.
locus standiA right to standStanding in law (the right to have one's case in court).
longissimus dies cito conditureven the longest day soon endsPliny the Younger, Epistulae 9/36:4.
lorem ipsumsorrow itself; pain for its own sakeA mangled fragment from Cicero's De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (On the Limits of Good and Evil, 45 BC), used as typographer's filler to show fonts (a.k.a. greeking).
luceat lux vestraLet your light shineMay be found in Matthew Ch. 5 V. 16. Popular as a school motto.
lucem sequimurWe follow the lightMotto of the University of Exeter
luceo non uroI shine, not burnMotto of the Highland Scots Clan Mackenzie
lucida sideraThe shining starsHorace, Carmina 1/3:2.
luctor et emergoI struggle and emergeMotto of the Dutch province of Zeeland to denote its battle against the sea, and the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame.
lucus a non lucendo[it is] a grove by not being lightFrom late 4th-century grammarian Honoratus Maurus, who sought to mock implausible word origins such as those proposed by Priscian. A pun based on the word lucus (dark grove) having a similar appearance to the verb lucere (to shine), arguing that the former word is derived from the latter word because of a lack of light in wooded groves. Often used as an example of absurd etymology.
ludemus bene in companiaWe play well in groupsMotto of the Barony of Marinus.
lupus in fabulathe wolf in the storyWith the meaning "speak of the wolf, and he will come"; from Terence's play Adelphoe.
lupus non mordet lupuma wolf does not bite a wolf
lupus non timet canem latrantema wolf is not afraid of a barking dog
lux aeternaeternal lightepitaph
lux et lexlight and lawMotto of the Franklin & Marshall College and The University of North Dakota.
lux et veritaslight and truthA translation of the Hebrew Urim and Thummim. Motto of several institutions.
lux ex tenebrislight from darknessMotto of the 67th Network Warfare Wing.
lux hominum vitalight the life of manMotto of the University of New Mexico
lux in Dominolight in the LordMotto of the Ateneo de Manila University
lux in tenebris lucetThe light that shines in the darknessMotto of Columbia University School of General Studies[2]
lux libertaslight, libertyMotto of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lux mentis Lux orbisLight of the mind, Light of the worldMotto of Sonoma State University
lux sitlet there be lightA more literal Latinization of the phrase; the most common translation is fiat lux, from Latin Vulgate Bible phrase chosen for the Genesis line "וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים, יְהִי אוֹר; וַיְהִי-אוֹר" (And God said: 'Let there be light.' And there was light). Motto of the University of Washington.
lux tua nos ducatYour Light Guides UsMotto of St. Julian's School, Carcavelos, Portugal[3]
lux, veritas, virtuslight, truth, courageMotto of Northeastern University