He (God) has favored our undertakings: a motto on the reverse of the great seal of the U.S. (adapted from Vergil’s Aeneid IX:625).
on the Great Seal of the United States of America, condensed by Charles Thompson, designer of the seal in its final form, from Latin Juppiter omnipotes, audacibus annue coeptis “All-powerful Jupiter favor (my) daring undertakings,” line 625 of book IX of Virgil’s “Aeneid.” The words also appear in Virgil’s “Georgics,” book I, line 40: Da facilem cursam, atque audacibus annue coeptis “Give (me) an easy course, and favor (my) daring undertakings.” Thompson changed the imperative annue to annuit, the third person singular form of the same verb in either the present tense or the perfect tense. The motto also lacks a subject.
The motto is often translated as “He (God) is favorable to our undertakings,” but this is not the only possible translation. Thomson wrote: “The pyramid signifies Strength and Duration: The Eye over it & Motto allude to the many signal interpositions of providence in favour of the American cause.” The original design (by William Barton) showed the pyramid and the motto Deo Favente Perennis “God favoring through the years.”
a person who receives an . Historical Examples From time to time he went to see his annuitant, just as one goes in July to see when the harvest is likely to begin. The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8) Guy de Maupassant The holder of an annuity is called an annuitant, […]
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an annuity payable for a certain number of years regardless of any contingency.
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(especially of laws or other established rules, usages, etc.) to make void or null; abolish; cancel; invalidate: to annul a marriage. to reduce to nothing; obliterate. to cancel (a regularly scheduled train, plane, social event, etc.) for one day or one time only. Contemporary Examples By all accounts, Rafsanjani has been the main force behind […]