Habeas corpus

Words with which the order of appearance commences. Right of every citizen, arrested or imprisoned, to appear in an immediate and public manner before a judge or court, so that after being heard it be decided whether the arrest was legal or not, and whether it has to be appealed or be kept like that. It is a phrase used in England and nowadays accepted in our language. Under political law, famous guarantee, included under an English constitutional law, on behalf of the individual’s freedom. The abuse of the executive power and the lords, who kept persons in jail for a long period of time without enough cause or delayed to give a legal treatment to the issue, proceeding frequently used to deprive people of their leaders, they were the cause that from the old age, it be accepted to go to the Court of the King bank so that he issued an order (that he was unable to deny) so that the person who was arrested or under custody to an English subject, was taken before the judge, so that he after examining the issue, decided to acquit or free the arrested person or either ordered the continuance of the arrest. This order was referred to as habeas corpus since the main formula of it read as follows: Habeas corpus ad suficiendum. But this remedy was not applicable to those cases where the arrest had been the consequence of an special order of the King, of his private council or of the Lords comprising it, therefore the Parliament ordered under the BILL called petition of rights, passed in 1628, that nobody could be arrested under custody as a consequence of those arrests; however the judges did not apply this BILL, by asserting long delays under the excuse to having to analyze the arrest reasons

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Habemus confitentem reum

We have the convict and the guilty. Phrase given by Cicero in Pro Ligarius which in forensic language is used to indicate the guilty who confessed his crime. Familiarly speaking it is used to refer to the who confesses his blame without being an offender.

Habemus luxuriam atque avaritiam, publicem egestatem, privatim opulentiam

We are possessed by luxury and greed, in public the poverty, wealth in private. Words that according to the historians were said by Marcus Porcius Cato, referred to as the Censor (234-149 B.C.) with which he summarized the corruption in Rome.

Habemus Pontificem

We have a Pontiff. Part of the traditional formula given by the President of the Cardenalici body to announce the people the election of the new Pope.

Habent sua fata libelli

Books have their destiny. Hemistich of the line 218 of the Carmen Heroicum (heroic line) of Publius Terentius Maurus (I century A.C.). The complete poem reads as follows: Pro captu lectoris habent sua fata libelli (according to the intelligence of the reader books have their destiny); it means that, even though a book is successful, luck or destiny a very important element.

Habeo tibi fidem

I believe you.

Habere aliquem inimicorum loco

To have one as enemy.

Habere aliquem inimicum

To be one angry with oneself.


Consider it true.

Habitus delinquendi

The tendency to crime.

Habitus non facit monachum

Clothes do not make the man.

Hac mente esse, ut

To have the intent to.

Hac spe lapsus

Disappointed with regards to this hope.

Haec domus fit patris

This house now belongs to my father.

Haec olim meminisse juvabit

With pleasure and enthusiasm we remember afterwards these things. Hemistich of a poem of Publius Virgilius. It refers to that gloomy pleasure felt upon remembering past misfortunes..

Haec urbs, lux orbis terrarum

This city, lighthouse of the world.

Haeredis fletus sub persona risus est

The cry of the one who inherits is a hidden smile. Latin proverb applied to those who show sorrow to hide their secret happiness.

Haeret lateri lethalis arundo

The deadly arrow is plunged in his side. Hemistich of a poem of Virgilius. Applied to the continuous suffering caused by passions and regret.

Hanc audaciam!

Such a shamelessness!

Hastam ponere

To auction.

Haud facile


Haud paenitendus magister

A satisfactory teacher.

Haud scio

I do not know, I ignore it.

Haurire aquam de puteo

Take water out of the well.

Heres Boborum omnium, (o) ex asse (o) ex libella

Universal heir.

Heres ex semisse, ex dodrante

Heir of half the fortune, of three fourths.

Heroicis aetatibus

In heroic times.


(from heterochronous) Creation of body parts in times different to the one when they generally grow. Partial hypertrichosis with age abnormality, for instance, anticipation of puberty hair. Deviation made frequently evident in the individual development (ontogenesis), anticipating some organs to what was expected by the phylogeny (ontogenic acceleration), or on the contrary delaying (ontogenic retardation).

Hic est sapiens, haec est bona, hoc est utile

This is wise, this is good, this is useful..

Hic ipse

The same.

Hic vincendum aut moriendum est

Here we must defeat or die.

Hinc illae lacrimae

Here those tears. Generally used to express the cause or origin of an unfortunate event.


From the Greek Hyper: over and aesthesis: sensation. Excessive sensitivity, general or partial increase of the skin sensitivity or the mucous. Excessive sensitivity of the teguments or a special sense. Acoustic, of the brain, cutaneous, painful, tactical, sexual hyperesthesia.

Hiperestesia sexual activa

Translated into the psychic sphere as a consequence of an obsession of erotic content, and on the somatic, as a consequence of a congestion and its genitals turbulence.


From the Greek Hyper: beyond, and tricosis: growth of the hair. Exaggerated development of the hair or scalp.

Hoc cordi est mihi

I like this.

Hoc fecit ne poenas daret

He did it in order not to be published.

Hoc fieri oportet

This is necessary to be done.

Hoc gaudeo

I enjoy this.

Hoc in nos non convenit

This has nothing to do with us.

Hoc inter nos (o mihi tecum) convenit

We talked informally about this.

Hoc nobis non convenit

This is not convenient to us.

Hoc rei (o cum re) convenit

This is according to the thing.

Hodie mane

This morning.


Homicide. Dead caused by one person to another.

Homines non re, sed nomine

Men not according to reality, but according to the name.

Homini homini lupus

The man is wolf of the man. Phrase taken from an epigram of Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), who inspired in the passage of the drama Asinaria of T.Maccius Plautus (254-184 B.C.), where it is read: Lupus est homo homini, non homo (the man is wolf of the man, not man).

Hominibus feris legatum

An ambassador in the hands of some savage men.

Hominis est errare, insipientis in errore perseverare

Men err, foolish go on erring. Persevere in the mistake. Latin proverb expressing that we should not be stubborn and obstinate. In its most popular manner it reads: cujus vis hominis est errare, nullius, sini insipientis, est in errore perseverare.

Homo de corpore animoque constat

The man consists of soul and body.

Homo de plebe

A man from the heap.

Homo frugi (u) homo frugi bonae

Practical, useful man, man for a lot.

Homo proponit, Deus disponit

The man proposes, God decides. Latin proverb which was sometimes used with the same meaning as the corresponding Castilian proverb.

Homo sum; humani nihil a me alienum puto

I am a man, nothing that is human, is far from me. Words of Publius Terentius (Heautontimoroumenos, I act, 1st scene.). It means that ordinary mortals suffer the same vices, weaknesses and defects, and that upon censuring them the possibility of committing them should be considered as probable.

Homo virtute cognita

Man of recognized virtue.

Honesta mors turpi vita patior

A beautiful death is noticeable to a life of dishonor. Expression of Marcus Claudius Tacitus, where the belief of the pagans is summarized, consisting in that in order to avoid their unavoidable dishonor, it was worth taking their own life.

Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere

Live honestly, not to hurt the pair. According to Justinian, those are the three basis of every legislation.

Honestis nominibus

Under deceptively appealing excuses.

Honestissimus inter suos

The most honorable of his type.

Honestum non est semper quod licet

Not always is honest what is permitted. The honorable man sometimes will have to deny what is legitimate.

Honorem alicui tribuere

To testimony honor to somebody.

Honores mutant mores

Honors change the habits. Used as comment on the change generally observed in the conduct of the ones who reached the peak.

Honori est alicui

It is a cause of honor for somebody.

Honoris causa

Due to or by reason of honor. Doctor honoris causa is an honorable title given by some universities to notable persons.

Honoris gratia

As consideration, as respect.

Honos alit artes

Honor feeds the arts. It expresses that the considerations showed and the respect given to the artists, feeds them and serves as compensation to their efforts.

Hora prima diurna

The one commencing at dawn.

Horresco referens

I terrify when I tell it. Words of Virgilius put in the mouth of Aeneas when speaking on the misfortune of Troy, which is now used as joke.

Hortari ut

Urge strongly to

Hospite insalutato

Without greeting the host. To refer to a person who enters and leaves without using the customary greeting or farewell terms.

Hospitium cum aliquo facere

Reach with somebody hospitality relationships.

Hostem in fugam

Escaping the enemy.

Hostes de iugis

To the enemies of the height.

Hostes in fugam

Escaping the enemies.

Hostes latera adsultantes

The enemies attacking the wings.

Hostes suppliciis

To the enemies with sufferings.

Huc arrogantiae venerat ut…

He had reached such a level of price that...