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in hoc signo vinces, exitus acta probat

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12:52 Sep 21, 2000
Latin to English translations [Non-PRO]
Latin term or phrase: in hoc signo vinces, exitus acta probat
in hoc signo vinces
exitus acta probat
Laurie
English translation:See below
Explanation:
1) In hoc signo vinces:

"In this sign you shall conquer"

The Roman Emperor Constantine I is said to have received these words as he experienced a dream or vision of the cross prior to his victory over his rival Maxentius in 312.

No wonder it's a favourite of the Roman Catholic church!



2)exitus acta probat:

Originally from Ovid, this has become a favourite motto.

"The result validates the deeds" is a fairly literal translation, but the sentence has been rendered to suit many purposes:

"All is well that ends well"

"You shall know them by their fruits" (about false prophets)

"The end justifies the means"
(Motto of the Inquisition)

I'm sure this list isn't exhaustive.

I hope it helps.










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10 hrs
In this sign, you will win


Explanation:
In hoc signo, vinces: In this sign, you will win.
According to the legend, these words next to a cross in the sky had been seen by emperor Constantine the Great before a battle.

Exitus acta probat: The result validates the deeds (Ovid).

Laura Gentili
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11 hrs
See below


Explanation:
1) In hoc signo vinces:

"In this sign you shall conquer"

The Roman Emperor Constantine I is said to have received these words as he experienced a dream or vision of the cross prior to his victory over his rival Maxentius in 312.

No wonder it's a favourite of the Roman Catholic church!



2)exitus acta probat:

Originally from Ovid, this has become a favourite motto.

"The result validates the deeds" is a fairly literal translation, but the sentence has been rendered to suit many purposes:

"All is well that ends well"

"You shall know them by their fruits" (about false prophets)

"The end justifies the means"
(Motto of the Inquisition)

I'm sure this list isn't exhaustive.

I hope it helps.













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