ne plus ultra

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ne plus ul·tra

 (nē′ plŭs ŭl′trə, nā′ plo͝os o͝ol′trä)
1. The highest point, as of excellence or achievement; the ultimate.
2. The most profound degree, as of a condition or quality.

[Latin nē plūs ultrā, (go) no more beyond (this point) : , no + plūs, more + ultrā, beyond.]
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ne plus ultra

(ˈneɪ ˈplʊs ˈʊltrɑː)
the extreme or perfect point or state
[literally: not more beyond (that is, go no further), allegedly a warning to sailors inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules at Gibraltar]
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ne plus ul•tra

(ˈni ˌplʌs ˈʌl trə, ˈneɪ)

1. the highest point or stage; acme.
2. the most intense degree of a quality or state.
[1690–1700; < New Latin, Latin nē plūs ultrā (may you) not (go) further beyond (this point)]
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ne plus ultra

A Latin phrase meaning no more beyond, used to mean the most perfect example of something.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: plus ultra - the state of being without a flaw or defectne plus ultra - the state of being without a flaw or defect
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
dream - someone or something wonderful; "this dessert is a dream"
refinement, polish, finish, cultivation, culture - a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality; "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad
fare-thee-well - state of perfection; the utmost degree; "they polished the furniture to a fare-thee-well"
intactness - the state of being unimpaired
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ne plus ultra

noun ultimate, extreme, perfection, the last word, culmination, acme, uttermost point The new building is the ne plus ultra of theatrical design.
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It was something, indeed, to be enabled to contemplate this immense Columbiad; but to descend into its depths, this seemed to the Americans the ne plus ultra of earthly felicity.
"The surprise to me is, that you forgot to purchase this ne plus ultra of elegance while in Paris last summer."
{chariot = a light, four-wheeled carriage with only back seats; ne plus ultra = peak, ultimate}
Such bijou ne plus ultras, replete with all the amenities, do not, as I pointed out to Penfentenyou, transpire outside of England.
Megaworld responds to a higher calling, a missionary purpose to uplift the lives of people, make an impact to society and shape the nation." On Megaworld International's 20th year, Acosta continues strongly on her path, armed with the Latin phrase ne plus ultra, "the highest point that can still be achieved."
The ne plus ultra of problems and crises causes the public go frantic and psycho.
The flattery was dripping, slavish, cast in ultimate superlatives, and entirely disconnected from reality: so-and-so was the best, the most incredible, the ne plus ultra, the eternal.
Two years ago, author Gurney Brown published his large-format, full-color "Seven Serpents, The History of Colt's Snake Guns." It was a detailed homage to a series of arms that many modern collectors consider the ne plus ultra of double-action revolvers: Colt Cobra, Python, Diamondback, Viper, Boa, King Cobra and Anaconda.
There is some controversy whether wagyu is best eaten as a steak; for us who grew up in the 1980s, the ne plus ultra of luxury was a 'Kobe beef steak.'
Military professionals are familiar with the ne plus ultra of irregular war where the hunter must kill to win, while the hunted simply has to avoid death to win.
But the ne plus ultra of Jewish is angstthat sense of dread and foreboding that keeps whispering: "The universe is out to get you."
.45 wars and the stopping power arguments, everyone pretty much agreed that a .357 Magnum loaded with 125-grain jacketed hollowpoints was the ne plus ultra of handgun stopping power.