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in hoc signo vinces

English translation: With this sign you shall conquer

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English term or phrase:in hoc signo vinces
English translation:With this sign you shall conquer
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14:50 Aug 9, 2001
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: in hoc signo vinces
Greek saying in Latin. Found on a Templar belt buckle.
Timothy D. Williams
With this sign you shall conquer
Explanation:
Supposed to be what was told to Constantine when he saw the PX (Chi-Rho) characters in the sky. After this incident, Christianity became official in Rome.
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Parrot
Spain
Local time: 14:15
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Thank you very much. This means a great deal to me. Is it Greek or Latin? I got no answer from other Latin-English dictionary's. The phrase is inscribed on a heraldic sword belt buckle for the Knights Templars Order of DeMolay. I only found a vague reference to the phrase and Constantine.
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na +3With this sign you shall conquer
Parrot
naTimothy, you left no e-mail so I can only add a comment.
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3 mins peer agreement (net): +3
With this sign you shall conquer


Explanation:
Supposed to be what was told to Constantine when he saw the PX (Chi-Rho) characters in the sky. After this incident, Christianity became official in Rome.

Parrot
Spain
Local time: 14:15
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 26
Grading comment
Thank you very much. This means a great deal to me. Is it Greek or Latin? I got no answer from other Latin-English dictionary's. The phrase is inscribed on a heraldic sword belt buckle for the Knights Templars Order of DeMolay. I only found a vague reference to the phrase and Constantine.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Alessandra Hall: perfect!
9 mins
  -> Should I tell the whole story?

agree  marcuccia
17 mins

agree  DR. RICHARD BAVRY: picky ones might say "in" instead of "with" but they would be at "cross" purposes!
16 hrs
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19 hrs
Timothy, you left no e-mail so I can only add a comment.


Explanation:
It's Latin. It's associated to the Christian symbol of an X superimposed on a P. A painting of the battle where this incident occured and other interesting resources may be found at:
http://www.shsu.edu/~eng_wpf/con-hist.html

Parrot
Spain
Local time: 14:15
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 26
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