American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The end; the conclusion: setbacks that wrote finis to our venture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The end; conclusion: a word occasionally, and in former times commonly, placed at the end of a book.
- n. An end (of a book etc.)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An end; conclusion. It is often placed at the end of a book.
- n. the concluding part of any performance
- n. the temporal end; the concluding time
- Middle English, from Latin fīnis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“May it not be that, in this generation, the word "finis" is being written to that conception which characterized the 18th and 19th centuries, and may we not he at the beginning of the new and different era of human history?”
“In all things the word finis must be written in good season; self-control must be exercised when the matter becomes urgent; the bolt must be drawn on appetite; one must set one's own fantasy to the violin, and carry one's self to the post.”
“I wrote the word finis at the end of the sixty-eighth strip about a week ago.”
“Duchess is disgraced -- all the characters stand in the well-defined semicircle which is the stage method of writing the word "finis" -- Mrs. Yates speaks a very neat and pointed "tag" -- and that's all.”
“In all things the word finis must be written in good season; self-control must be exercised when the matter becomes urgent; the bolt must be drawn on appetite; one must set one’s own fantasy to the violin, and carry one’s self to the post.”
“Venianius ad alias finis divisioncs, qu» s rcn judico fore inutiles pro argumento prapsenti.”
“From title to "finis" the book abounds in wit and humor which will make you scream as loud as the eagle on the cover.”
“This was the work with which our battalion, and others, had been occupied and was just about completed when, true to their word, the Heinies started in, systematically, to write "finis" for Dickebusch.”
“For if genuinely unfit, the fact was speedily demonstrated; whereas if merely shamming, discovery overtook him with a certainty that wrote "finis" to his last hope.”
“The book is of special interest to girls, but when a grown-up gets hold of it there follows a one-session under the reading lamp with "finis" at the end.”
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