in vino veritas[in vē′nō ver′i tas′]
Origin of in vino veritasClassical Latin
in vino veritas
- Used to refer to the effect of alcohol on reducing inhibitions, allowing someone to say what they truly think.
- Secondarily, used to suggest that one's perceptions and emotions when drunk are more real than when sober.
From Latin: in (“in”) + vīnō, the ablative singular of vīnum (“wine”) + vēritās (“truth”). Thus, “in wine there is truth”. First attested, as volgoque veritas iam attributa vino est, in the Naturalis Historia (XIV, 141) of Pliny the Elder.