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ne plus ultra

Syllabification: ne plus ul·tra
Pronunciation: /ˈnē ˌpləs ˈəltrə, ˈnā ˌplo͝os ˈo͝oltrə

Definition of ne plus ultra in English:


The perfect or most extreme example of its kind; the ultimate: he became the ne plus ultra of bebop trombonists
last word, ultimate, perfect example, height, acme, zenith, epitome, quintessence


Latin, literally 'not further beyond', the supposed inscription on the Pillars of Hercules prohibiting passage by ships.

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