Lacrimae-rerum definition

The “tears of things”; the inherent tragedy of existence.
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Origin of lacrimae-rerum

  • An allusion to Virgil’s Aeneid (29–19 BC), book I, line 462; Latin: lacrimae (“tears”, the nominative plural form of lacrima, “tear”) + rērum (“of things”, the genitive plural form of rēs, “thing”) = “tears of things”.

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