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23:49 Mar 20, 2002
Latin to English translations [Non-PRO]
Latin term or phrase:Nil nisi cruce
Appearently this phrase appears on my familt crest, and i would like to know what it means.
Explanation: nil = nothing
nisi = unless by
cruce = cross
the above is the literal translation
and the meaning: no reward without suffering
Rita Cavaiani Local time: 11:52 Native speaker of: French, Italian PRO pts in pair: 16
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14 hrs confidence:
Nothing, except by/with the cross
Explanation: I haven't found "nil" in any dictionary but it should be a contracted form (as many in the Late Latin) of the Classical Latin "nihil" = "nothing"
The rest is pretty straight forward: "nisi" = "if not, unless, except", and "cruce" is also a late form of "crux/crucis". As this is closer to the accusative "crucis", I tend to think a preposition should be attached to "cross".
The meaning should be "nothing outside the Christianity".
corin Local time: 11:52 Native speaker of: Romanian PRO pts in pair: 4