O tempora! O mores!


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O tempora! O mores!

(əʊ ˈtɛmpɔːrɑː əʊ ˈmɔːreɪz)
sentence substitute
oh the times! oh the customs!: an exclamation at the evil of them
[from Cicero's oration In Catilinam]

O tempora! O mores!

A Latin phrase meaning oh the times! oh the customs!, used to exclaim that these are bad in some way.