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Citation: tace
Language: Latin
References: Post Captain, page 475
The Fortune of War, page 219
Clarissa Oakes, page 45
The Commodore, page 171
The Golden Ocean, page 231
Meaning: be quiet


The phrase 'tace is Latin for a candle', meaning 'keep it quiet' is obscure in origin, but relatively common in 19th century English literature. The correct word in Latin for a candle is candela; tace is the singular, imperative tense of the usual verb for 'be silent'.

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Guide for the Perplexed — This article is based on information from the Guide for the Perplexed, edited by Anthony Gary Brown and based on the work of many contributors. As an aid to readers, the translations offered in Guide for the Perplexed are intended to be a literal as possible, and to follow as closely as possible the original word order.
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