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An eye for an eye makes the world go blind

Latin translation: caeca ultio caecat humanitatem

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09:40 Oct 22, 2001
English to Latin translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: An eye for an eye makes the world go blind
quote by gandhi
Brandon Reese
Latin translation:caeca ultio caecat humanitatem
Explanation:
Dear Brandon,

this is an idiomatic expression, hence it is MUCH more difficult to translate since a word-per-word rendition would not work at all in Latin. I have tried to find a solution:

caeca ultio: blind vengeance
caecat humanitatem: makes the mankind (the world...but it's better to talk about people, actually) go blind.

So, "blind vengeance makes the world go blind", you still have the "blind" jeu du mot and a similar content...

Hope it helps!

Flavio
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caeca ultio caecat humanitatem


Explanation:
Dear Brandon,

this is an idiomatic expression, hence it is MUCH more difficult to translate since a word-per-word rendition would not work at all in Latin. I have tried to find a solution:

caeca ultio: blind vengeance
caecat humanitatem: makes the mankind (the world...but it's better to talk about people, actually) go blind.

So, "blind vengeance makes the world go blind", you still have the "blind" jeu du mot and a similar content...

Hope it helps!

Flavio


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flaviofbg
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Local time: 18:33
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