nihil sub sole novum

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Latin[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Vulgate translation at Ecclesiastes 1:9, from the Hebrew אֵין כָּל חָדָשׁ תַּחַת הַשָּׁמֶשׁ (there is nothing new under the sun): nihil (nothing) + sub (under, beneath) + sōle (ablative singular form of sōl: “[the] sun”) + novum (neuter nominative singular form of novus: “new”) = “nothing new under the sun”.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈni.hil sub ˈsoː.le ˈno.wum/, [ˈnɪ.hɪɫ sʊb ˈsoː.ɫɛ ˈnɔ.wũ]

Phrase[edit]

nihil sub sōle novum

  1. there is nothing new under the sun”; there is nothing truly novel in existence.