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E pluribus unum

E pluribus unum is a Latin phrase that is still frequently used today. We will look at the translation of the phrase e pluribus unum, where it comes from, how it is used and some examples of its use in sentences.

E pluribus unum is a Latin phrase that translates as out of many, one. E pluribus unum is the motto of the United States. It is said to refer to the unification of the original thirteen colonies into one nation. E pluribus unum may also be said to refer to the fact that the United States is mostly made up of immigrants from many countries who came together in a great melting pot to build the United States. Pierre Eugene du Smitiere suggested the motto to be included on the Great Seal of the United States. Du Smitiere was probably familiar with the term e pluribus unum because it was the motto of a periodical published during the American Revolution called The Gentleman’s Magazine. E pluribus unum is found on American coins as well as the Great Seal of the United States, and is often quoted to evoke the sentiment of people from divergent backgrounds uniting as citizens of the United States.


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Examples

We must continue to strive for an America where “E Pluribus Unum,” and the freedom that comes from a great public education, is a reality for everyone. (The Appleton Post Crescent)

If we replace and not repair our free secular educational systems, our kids will suffer, our society will suffer and the American Dream of E Pluribus Unum will fade into a mere slogan. (The Daily News)

Beauty is only skin-deep, however, and it’s a crucial question whether future Americans will cherish the national motto “E pluribus unum” — “out of many, one.” (The Washington Times)

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