Latin Legal Terms


Durus – the legal definition of this Latin word is hard, harsh, tough, strong, enduring. It origins from the word “duro”, which translates as to harden, last, endure. In practice, the word participates in the legal phrase “Peine forte et dure”, which referred towards an ancient non-humanist death punishment in some civilizations, where the accused has been killed via putting weights on him till he died.
It relates also to the legal phrase “dura lex sed lex”, which literally means “it is hard, but it is the Law”. It states that no matter how unpopular may be the Laws; these should be followed by citizens.

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