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Ne plus ultra  n.  
The uttermost point to which one can go or attain; hence, the summit of achievement; the highest point or degree; the acme.
A prohibition against proceeding further; an insuperable obstacle or limiting condition. (Obs. or R.)

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"Ne plus ultra" Quotes from Famous Books

... of heroism. Voluntarily to throw away a chance of making money! that is the ne plus ultra of martyrdom. Brown's wife was extremely angry with him ...
— An Unsocial Socialist • George Bernard Shaw

... secondly, if the matter should be of an intricate nature, so that one Quaker government could not settle it with another, these would refer it, according to their constitution, to a third. This would be the "ne plus ultra" of the business. Both the discussion and the dispute would end here. What a folly then to talk of the necessity of wars, when, if but three Quakers were to rule a continent, they would cease there? There can be no plea for such language, but the impossibility of taming the human passions. ...
— A Portraiture of Quakerism, Volume III (of 3) • Thomas Clarkson

... roll like an honest old 'wholesome' tub as she is. It is quite a bonne fortune for me to have been forced to wait for her, for we have had a wonderful spell of fine weather, and the ship is the ne plus ultra of comfort. We are only twelve first-class upper-deck passengers. The captain is a delightful fellow, with a very charming young wife. There is only one child (a great comfort), a capital cook, and universal civility and quietness. It is like ...
— Letters from the Cape • Lady Duff Gordon

Words linked to "Ne plus ultra" :   polish, imperfection, flawlessness, cultivation, intactness, finish, perfection

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