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ne plus ultra
noun: The ultimate or the perfect example of something.
From Latin, literally, not further beyond. Earliest documented use: 1637.
It's said that the Pillars of Hercules at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar had this Latin phrase inscribed. It served as a warning to sailors not to go beyond the limit of the known world. The national motto of Spain, on the other hand, is "Plus ultra".
"The greatest car in the world, the automotive ne plus ultra."
Jonathan Carroll; The Ghost in Love; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2008.
See more usage examples of ne plus ultra in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
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