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Meaning of esse quam videri*

es•se quam vi•de•ri

Pronunciation: (es'se kwäm wi'de-rē Eng. es'ē kwam vi-dâr'ī), [key]
— Latin. Latin.
  1. to be rather than to seem: motto of North Carolina.
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