ipsissima verbaip·sis·si·ma ver·ba
the very words (of a person being quoted)
Origin of ipsissima verbaClassical Latin
The very words, as of a quote.
Origin of ipsissima verbaNew Latin : Latin ipsissima, the very, neuter pl. superlative of ipse, self + Latin verba, pl. of verbum, word.
- The actual words (spoken or transcribed).
- "The record in the magistrate's court does not purport to reproduce the ipsissima verba of the witness; it does not give questions and answers in the exact words in which the question was put and the answer made; it, at best, gives no more than a summary...." Engelbrecht v Nieuwoudt 1941 CPD 54 at 55:
Latin The very words.