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What is the English translation of 'nil desperandum'?

Question #46441. Asked by HarrietJPotter.

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The complete phrase is Nil Desperandum Auspice Deo.
Roughly translated it means Don't Despair, Trust in God.
It's the motto of the city of Sunderland.

Apr 15 2004, 12:52 AM
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It is a contraction of nihil desperandum auspice Deo which means nothing needs to be considerd desperate with the help of God - well you did ask for the *meaning*!

Apr 15 2004, 6:37 AM
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"Fairbairn's Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland" translates it as 'never despairing'. It's the motto of the family of Simpson, as well as several others. It seems more appropriate for Bart than Homer.

Apr 15 2004, 6:46 AM
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