pollice verso

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally "with thumb turned"

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈpol.li.ke ˈwer.soː/, [ˈpɔl.lɪ.kɛ ˈwɛr.soː]

Phrase[edit]

pollice versō

  1. with the thumb turned (how spectators indicated favor or displeasure at gladiatorial games).

Usage notes[edit]

Despite depictions common in movies, it is not clear whether the thumbs up or thumbs down indicated displeasure.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • pollice verso in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers