Varietas delectat:

Variety delights. Latin expression equivalent to the Spanish: Taste is found in the variety.

Vera audire:

To hear truths.

Verba facere:

Speak, empty voice.

Verba sunt:

These are words.

Veris effervescentibus

With passionate words, with fiery style.

Veritas patefacta

Naked truth.

Vestis virum facit

The dressing describes the man. Latin expression contrary to the Spanish: habit does not make the monk and under a bad cap there is a good drinker.

Vestitus agrestis

Country persons’ way of dressing.

Viam munire

Open up a path.

Vicus sceleratus

Way of crime. The name of the street where Tulia, daughter of Servius Tulius, legendary king of Rome, passed over her father’s body dethroned by her husband, Lucius Tarquinius, after killing him in the street by the patricians disgusted because of the Constitution passed by Servius Tulius (king of Rome between 578-534 b.C.) which established a new classification of the community intended to the gradual political exemption of the plebeians.

Videatur ab omnibus

It is a formula used for cases submitted to the Court of the Rota Romana. As a general rule, once the case was closed, it could be appealed to the same Court, since in that Court issues were not heard by all the auditors; however, when the clause Videatur ab omnibus is included, the right to appeal is not granted, except that the condemned has looked for other remedies, then he waits for the Court to revoke the judgment a priori.

Video lupum

I see the wolf. Said when one can see the person one was talking about.

Video meliora proboque, deteriora sequor

I see the best and I approve it, but I follow the worst. Words of Publius Ovidius Naso (43 b.C. - 17 a.C.) that he puts in Medea’s mouth (Metamorphoses VII) and that admirably describe the man whose straight intelligence teaches the way to duty and truth, but to whom weakness and ambition drag to evil. In the letter to the Romans (7,15) Saint Paul said something similar: Non quod volo bonum, hoc ago; sed quod odi malum, illud facio, and Louis Racine (1692-1763) in his Cantiques (III) says: Je ne fais le bien que j'aime, et je fais le mal que je hais.

Vidistine Romam?

Have you seen Rome?

Vili emere

To buy at a low price.

Vincula epistulae

The ties of a letter. 

Vinum bonum laetificat cor hominis

Good wine makes men’s hearts happy. Proverb taken from the Sacred Writings (Psalm 103, 15), usually applied to many cases.  

Vinum et mulieres apostatare faciunt sapientes

Wine and women make the wise apostatise. Words used by the book of Ecclesiastic (19,12) to praise the power wine and women have over men.


Violation. Carnal access with a woman against or without her will. This wrongful act is perpetrated against the woman’s will, for any cause, whether she lacked sound mind or were unable to resist. Violation against or without the woman’s will is considered to have been carried out when she had not reached the legal puberty age.

Vires mihi desunt

I already have no forces.

Viribus unitis

With a union of forces or with the forces united. Equal to the French expression: L'union fait la force; often used as a motto in coats of arms, books, etc.

Virtutem doctrina parit

Science creates virtue. Phrase by Horace admirably interpreted and glossed by Brother Benito Jeronimo Feijo (1676-1764) when he said: “Virtue, supreme ornament of the soul is the legitimate labor of science.” Horace said virtutem doctrina parit.

Vita defungi

To die.

Vivas in Deo

Lives in God. Formula often used by the first Christians to express their wish that someone enjoys eternal life and beatitudes.

Vivit eius mihi auctoritas

His authority is still in force for me.

Vix clamorem hostium, nedum impetum tulerunt

They hardly resisted the enemies’ clamor, they will not resist their impetus.

Vocari a fratre

To be called by his brother.

Voti damnari

To see his wishes become true.