nomen est omen

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The origin of this saying is attributed to the Roman playwright Plautus. In his play “Persa” the slave Toxilus lures his owner, Dordalus, to buy an expensive slave-girl named Lucris (profits), saying, “Nōmen atque ōmen quantīvīs iam est pretī” (“The name and the omen are worth any price”).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈnoː.men est ˈoː.men/, [ˈnoː.mẽ ɛst ˈoː.mẽ]

Proverb[edit]

nōmen est ōmen

  1. The name is a sign, the name speaks for itself.

Descendants[edit]