vitam impendere vero

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



vītam impendere vērō

  1. to stake one’s life for the truth
    • 1st–2nd century 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 pay with his life for the truth.

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