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Meaning of ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem*

en•se pe•tit pla•ci•dam sub li•ber•ta•te qui•e•tem

Pronunciation: (en'se pe'tit plä'ki-däm" soob lē"ber-tä'te kwē-ā'tem Eng. en'sē pē'tit plas'i-dam" sub lib"&schwar-tā'tē kwī-ē'tem), [key]
— Latin. Latin.
  1. by the sword she seeks quiet peace under liberty: motto of Massachusetts.
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