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carpe diem

Syllabification: car·pe di·em
Pronunciation: /ˌkärpā ˈdēˌem
 
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Definition of carpe diem in English:

exclamation

Used to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future.
Example sentences
  • He's promising to teach his audiences Latin this year - carpe diem!
  • He was right, that was the way to proceed, carpe diem, ‘seize the day,’ ‘make hay while the sun shines.'
  • After all, it's another way of saying carpe diem; what Thoreau meant by ‘sucking out all the marrow of life,’ although that image isn't quite as appetizing.

Origin

early 19th century: Latin, 'seize the day!', a quotation from Horace (Odes i.xi).

Words that rhyme with carpe diem

per diem

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