See also: Nemo and NEMO

English edit

Adjective edit

nemo (not comparable)

  1. (broadcasting, dated) Acronym of not emanating from main office, i.e. broadcast from some remote location instead.
    • 1929, Popular Science, volume 115, number 4, page 153:
      In New York City alone, there are nearly three dozen of these "nemo" points from which speeches, music, and entertainment are broadcast regularly.
    • 1935, Alison Reppy, Air Law Review, volume 6, page 86:
      All "nemo" broadcasting, except entirely musical, would be abandoned. Stations would not risk broadcasting anything arising outside the studio, as there would be no editorial or censorship power.

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Pronoun edit


  1. Not any person: nobody, no one. Synonym: necuno.

Latin edit

Etymology edit

Contraction of the Old Latin phrase ne hemō (no man) (Classical ne homō). Compare praeda for praehenda.

Pronunciation edit

Pronoun edit

nēmō m or f (genitive nēminis)

  1. nobody, no one, no man
    Quem nemo ferro potuit superare nec auro.Whom none could overcome with iron or gold.
    Amīcus omnibus, amīcus nemini.A friend to all, a friend to none.
    Vicinam neminem amo magis quam te.I love a neighbouring nobody more than you.
    Nemo, nisi sapiens, liber est.No one, unless he is wise, is free.
    Nemo ante mortem beatus.No one [can be called] happy before his death.
    Nemo non formosus filius matri.No one fails to be a beautiful son for his mother.
    Absque sanitate nemo felix.Without health, no one [is] happy.
    Nemo sine sapientia beatus est.No man without wisdom is happy.
    Nemo cum sarcinis enatat.No one swims away with his bundles/belongings.
    Nemo est supra leges.No one is above the law.
    Nemo ex amoris vulnere sanus abit.No one walks away unscathed from the wound of love.
    • c. 4 BCE – 65 CE, Seneca the Younger, De brevitate vitae 15:
      Horum te mori nemo coget, omnes docebunt; horum nemo annos tuos conteret, suos tibi contribuet; nullius ex his sermo periculosus erit, nullius amicitia capitalis, nullius sumptuosa obseruatio.
      No one of these will force you to die, but all will teach you how to die; no one of these will wear out your years, but each will add his own years to yours; conversations with no one of these will bring you peril, the friendship of none will endanger your life, the courting of none will tax your purse.

Usage notes edit

  • In sentences that already have a negative word, the negative polarity item quisquam (anyone, anybody) is used instead of nēmō. It is preferred in Classical Latin to use "nec quisquam" instead of "et nēmō".[1]
  • Nēmō is sometimes used adjectivally or appositively with a noun that refers to a person.

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Third-declension noun, singular only.

Case Singular
Nominative nēmō
Genitive nēminis
Dative nēminī
Accusative nēminem
Ablative nēmine
Vocative nēmō

In Classical Latin, the suppletive genitive nūllīus and ablatives nūllō (masculine) and nūllā (feminine) are usually used instead of nēminis and nēmine.

  • No plural forms are attested in Classical Latin (compare the non-use of "*nobodies" as a plural negative indefinite pronoun in English). In postclassical Latin, plural forms (nominative/accusative/vocative nēminēs, genitive nēminum, dative/ablative nēminibus) can occasionally be found in contexts where Classical Latin would have used either a singular form of nēmō (as a pronoun) or a plural form of nūllus (as an adjective or pronoun).

Derived terms edit

Descendants edit

  • Italian: nimo
  • Romanian: nimeni
  • Sardinian: nemos

References edit

  1. ^ Harm Pinkster (2015) The Oxford Latin Syntax, page 1168

Further reading edit

  • nemo”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • nemo”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • nemo in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • nemo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • nēmō in Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar. Boston & London: Ginn, 1903.
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • Pericles, the greatest man of his day: Pericles, quo nemo tum fuit clarior
    • no man of learning: nemo doctus
    • no one with any pretence to education: nemo mediocriter doctus

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Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /nêːmo/
  • Hyphenation: ne‧mo

Adverb edit

nȇmo (Cyrillic spelling не̑мо)

  1. mutely, dumbly

Adjective edit


  1. neuter nominative/accusative/vocative singular of nem