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  • n. A worst or lowest point.

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  • adj. of an organism's environment; least favorable for survival


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  • This states that it is the CDF (the Vatican department that enforces orthodoxy) which must deal with the use of the confessional for sexual exploitation and with the abuse of pre-adolescent children, which is described in the document as crimen pessimum, the worst of all crimes.

    The secret secret of the Vatican

  • Vinum frigidis optimum, et pessimum ferina melancholia.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Cap. 6. de curat.graec. affect.rap. de providentia; quotiescunque divitiis affluentem hominem videmus, cumque pessimum, ne quaeso hunc beatissimum putemus, sed infelicem, censeamus,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • 'Tis a known saying, Furor fit Iaesa saepius palienlia, the most patient spirit that is, if he be often provoked, will be incensed to madness; it will make a devil of a saint: and therefore Basil (belike) in his Homily de Ira, calls it tenebras rationis, morbum animae, et daemonem pessimum; the darkening of our understanding, and a bad angel.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • And the state runneth the danger of that which Tacitus saith; Atque is habitus animorum fuit, ut pessimum facinus auderent pauci, plures vellent, omnes paterentur.

    The Essays

  • Intra hanc Insulam, quatuor sunt genera arborum, de quarum vna accipitur farina ad panem, de secunda mel, de tertia vinum, et de quarta pessimum venenum.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • Perversum et pessimum est cor meum, ad deploranda propria peccata mea est lapideum et aridum, ad resistendum insultantibus molle et luteum, ad inutilia et noxia pertractanda velox et infatigabile, ad cogitanda salubria fastidiosum et immobile.


  • We pass over the extravagances and gross depths to which bhakti, devotion or faith or love, may degenerate in the excitement of religious festivals -- _corruptio optimi pessimum_.

    New Ideas in India During the Nineteenth Century A Study of Social, Political, and Religious Developments

  • Tis an artifice commonly observed to be much in use there, where the finest tricks of supplanting are practiced, with greatest effect; so that _pessimum_ _inimicorum_ _genus_,

    The World's Best Orations, Vol. 1 (of 10)

  • Hi primo coepere pessimum quemque et omnibus invisum indemnatum necare; ea [266] populus laetari et merito dicere fieri.

    C. Sallusti Crispi De Bello Catilinario Et Jugurthino


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