vitam impendere vero

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Famously formulated by the 1st–2nd-century Roman poet Juvenal.


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈwiː.tam imˈ ˈweː.roː/, [ˈwiː.tã ɪmˈpɛn.dɛ.rɛ ˈweː.roː]


vītam impendere vērō

  1. to devote one’s life to truth
    1st-2nd cen. CE, Juvenal, Satires, book I, Satire IV:
    Ille igitur nunquam direxit brachia contra
    Torrentem; nec civis erat, qui libera posset
    Verba animi proferre, et vitam impendere vero
    He never was that citizen who would attempt to swim against the torrent; who would freely deliver his opinion, and devote his life for the truth.

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