verbum sat

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A shortening of Latin verbum (sapienti) sat est (a word is enough (to a wise man)). Compare verbum sap.

Phrase[edit]

verbum sat

  1. Used to bring something to a conclusion, implying that further comment is unadvisable or unneeded.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, I:
      For there one learns—'t is not for me to boast, / Though I acquired—but I pass over that, / As well as all the Greek I since have lost: / I say that there 's the place—but ‘Verbum sat.’