ne plus ultra
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- enPR: /nē' plŭs ŭl'trə/
- The highest, ultimate point of achievement which can be reached; perfection.
- 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 2, page 74:
- Suppers were the ne plus ultra of human invention; it could go no further, and was obliged to degenerate; dinner is too much matter of business, it is a necessity: now, a necessity is too like a duty ever to be pleasant.
- November 30, 2014, Julia Kavanagh, Rome: The ‘ne plus ultra’ of Art
- The slight that can be conveyed in a glance, in a gracious smile, in a wave of the hand, is often the ne plus ultra of art.
- The perfect or most extreme example of its kind; the ultimate.
- (rare) A prohibition against proceeding further; an insuperable obstacle or limiting condition.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /neː pluːs ˈul.traː/, [neː pɫ̪uːs̠ ˈʊɫ̪t̪räː]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ne plus ˈul.tra/, [nɛː plus ˈul̪t̪rä]
- Alternative form of