Latin Legal Terms

Damnatio

Damnatio – literally this Latin word means condemnation. It participates in practice in the phrase “damnant quod non intelligent”, which literally means “he condemns what he does not understand”. It refers to ignorant persons. “Damnatio” also participates in the phrase “damnatio ad bestias”, which describes that a person without preparation has been thrown into very difficult situation; i.e thrown to the beasts. The origin of the term is the Latin verb “damno”, which literally means “to condemn”.

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