res, non verba

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From rēs (things, facts) the plural of rēs (a thing, a fact) + nōn (not) + verba (words) the plural of verbum (a word). Literally meaning "deeds, not words" or "facts instead of words" but referring to that "actions be used instead of words".

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Proverb[edit]

rēs, nōn verba

  1. actions speak louder than words
    • 27 BCE – 25 BCE, Titus Livius, Ab urbe condita libri 29.22:
      Venientibus iis Syracusas Scipio res, non verba ad purgandum sese paravit.
      Whilst they were on their way to Syracuse Scipio prepared to justify himself, not by words but by acts.