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Dignus Vinʹdice Noʹdus (Latin)

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A knot or difficulty worthy of such hands to untie. Literally, a knotty point worthy to be made a civil action. The person who brought a civil action was called in Roman law a vindex, and the action was called a vindicātio. If the rightful possessor was a matter of dispute, the question became a lis vindiciārum, and was referred to the prætor to determine. A knotty point referred to the prætor was a “dignus vindice nodus.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Diēs Sanguinis
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Digest (The)
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Dignitary (A)
Dignus Vindice Nodus (Latin)
Dii Penatēs (Latin)
Dilemma
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Diligence
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Dilly (plural, Dillies)
Dim and Distant Future (The)
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