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  • He complains of the strictness of God's judgment and the rigour of his proceedings against him, and is ready to call it summum jus -- justice bordering on severity.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • The Latin term summum bonum means the "supreme or highest good."

    The Record-Courier - Top Stories

  • Ready, I say, like a foaming charger, to devour the space between this and Rotterdam, and strong to combat the ills of life, even poverty and old age, which last philosophers have called the summum malum.

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • And this is that which is called summum imperium, because there is no power above it to check or control it, and, therefore, there can be no greater than this.

    The Works of Dr. John Tillotson, Late Archbishop of Canterbury. Vol. 06.

  • I graduated first in my class in 1933, which is commonly considered to be a "summum" in France.

    Maurice Allais - Autobiography

  • Of Monday's work can't remember much except that I found the "summum" of misery and distress in 678, Pelser's; whole family down measles; poverty; filth; baby ill at breast (died yesterday, buried this afternoon); sent food, but made her promise faithfully that children would be washed to-day.

    Woman's Endurance

  • The Greater Good is a science center that clues people into how far evolutionary understanding has come from the simplistic notion of unbridled competition for survival as the summum bonum of human life.

    Shambhala SunSpace » Barry Boyce – The Mindful Society Pages

  • It has survived despite the efforts of successive rulers and bureaucracies in Kabul to bring it within the strait-jacket of a modern nation-state, on the questionable assumption that the European construct of the nation-state was a summum bonum, a kind of political form of organization that is self-evident, a 'natural' culmination of all societies.

    Michael Hughes: Obama's Vietnam

  • Note 61: "Mars ferus et summum tangens cytherea tonantem dant tibi regna pares et tua fata movent."

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Of course campaining for more than a year gives you a summum of strenth, and it could take few days before that strenth come down.

    Sharpton to Clinton: It's over

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