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Sunday, July 09, 2006

925. Sic semper ironnis

Sic semper tyrannis is a Latin phrase meaning "Thus always to tyrants". It is the state motto of Virginia in the U.S. The Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia shows Virtue, sword in hand, with her foot on the prostrate form of Tyranny.

Recommended by George Mason to the Virginia Convention in 1776, the phrase is attributed to Brutus at the assassination of Julius Caesar. According to some witnesses, John Wilkes Booth shouted it after shooting Abraham Lincoln in 1865. In his mug shot following the Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh wore a shirt with a picture of Lincoln on it and "Sic Semper Tyrannis" written below.


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