ne plus ultra

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin nē plūs ultrā.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: /nē' plŭs ŭl'trə/

Noun[edit]

ne plus ultra (plural ne plus ultras)

  1. The highest, ultimate point of achievement which can be reached; perfection.
    • November 30, 2014, Julia Kavanagh, Rome: The ‘ne plus ultra’ of Art[1]
      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.
  2. The perfect or most extreme example of its kind; the ultimate.
  3. (rare) A prohibition against proceeding further; an insuperable obstacle or limiting condition.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ellipsis of a subjunctive verb like prōgrediāris (may you advance); or reinterpreted as a negative result clause with ellipsis of fierī possit (so that ... is impossible).

Pronunciation[edit]

Phrase[edit]

plūs ultra

  1. Alternative form of nōn plūs ultrā (A warning to not go beyond a certain point.)