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  1. Not any person: nobody, no one. Synonym: necuno.



Contraction of the Old Latin phrase ne hemō (no man) (Classical ne homō). Compare praeda for praehenda.



nēmō m, f (genitive nēminis)

  1. nobody, no one, no man
    • c. 4 BCE – 65 CE, Seneca the Younger, De brevitate vitae 15
      Horum te mori nemo coget, omnes docebunt; horum nemo annos tuos conteret, suos tibi contribuet; nullius ex his sermo periculosus erit, nullius amicitia capitalis, nullius sumptuosa obseruatio.
      No one of these will force you to die, but all will teach you how to die; no one of these will wear out your years, but each will add his own years to yours; conversations with no one of these will bring you peril, the friendship of none will endanger your life, the courting of none will tax your purse.
    Quem nemo ferro potuit superare nec auro.Whom none could overcome with iron or gold.
    Amīcus omnibus, amīcus nemini.A friend to all, a friend to none.
    Vicinam neminem amo magis quam te.I love a neighbouring nobody more than you.
    Nemo, nisi sapiens, liber est.No one, unless he is wise, is free.
    Nemo ante mortem beatus.No one [can be called] happy before his death.
    Nemo non formosus filius matri.No one fails to be a beautiful son for his mother.
    Absque sanitate nemo felix.Without health, no one [is] happy.
    Nemo sine sapientia, beatus est.No man without wisdom, is happy.
    Nemo cum sarcinis enatat.No one swims away with his bundles/belongings.
    Nemo est supra leges.No one is above the law.
    Nemo ex amoris vulnere sanus abit.No one walks away unscathed from the wound of love.


Third declension.

Case Singular
nominative nēmō
genitive nēminis
dative nēminī
accusative nēminem
ablative nēmine
vocative nēmō

In Classical Latin, the suppletive genitive nūllīus and ablatives nūllō (masculine) and nūllā (feminine) frequently occur.

Plural forms (in case order, as above) of nemines, neminum, neminibus, nemines, neminibus, nemines, also exist, but are rare, because they can only be translated accurately as 'no people', which is often rendered by other methods.

Derived terms[edit]



  • nemo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • nemo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “nemo”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • nemo” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • Pericles, the greatest man of his day: Pericles, quo nemo tum fuit clarior
    • no man of learning: nemo doctus
    • no one with any pretence to education: nemo mediocriter doctus


Alternative forms[edit]


  • IPA(key): /nêːmo/
  • Hyphenation: ne‧mo


nȇmo (Cyrillic spelling не̑мо)

  1. mutely, dumbly