dominus vobiscum

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin dominus vobiscum ‘the lord be with you’, apparently taken from the Bible (e.g. Ruth 2:4 ‘And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee’).

Interjection[edit]

dominus vobiscum

  1. (Roman Catholicism) A devout salutation often used as a prelude to certain set prayers; the traditional response is Et cum spiritu tuo.