Latin translation: Amicus in penuriibus, amicus de facto
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12:12 Sep 27, 2001
English to Latin translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering
English term or phrase:A friend in need is a friend indeed
In Penuriibus: in need, with problems, not in a comfortable situation
De Facto: indeed, a REAL friend.
No need for verbs in such a phrase... I hope it helped :)
Disctintion in Latin
flaviofbg Spain Local time: 10:16 Native speaker of: Italian, Spanish PRO pts in pair: 190
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amicus certus in re incerta cernitur
Explanation: The Latin above is a fragment from the tragedian Quintus Ennius, quoted by Cicero in De Amicitia 17,64.
Your English proverb is an exact translation of this Latin phrase, which may derive from a Greek topos (or commonplace) found in Euripides, "en tois kakois gar agathoi saphestatoi philoi" (for in adverse circumstances, the good are the most outstanding friends - Hecuba 1226/7).
I'm pretty sure. My classical education includes a first class degree in Greek from the University of Cambridge.
Giles Watson Italy Local time: 10:16 Native speaker of: English