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Sic semper tyrannis

Latin phrase

Sic semper tyrannis is a Latin phrase attributed to Marcus Iunius Brutus, one of the people who assassinated Julius Caesar. It can be translated as "Thus always to tyrants". It is a shortened version of the phrase "Sic semper evello mortem tyrannis" ("Thus always I bring death to tyrants"). John Wilkes Booth is believed to have said the phrase after assassinating Abraham Lincoln.

It is also the motto of the Commonwealth of Virginia.