Sic semper tyrannis

Latin phrase

Sic semper tyrannis is a Latin phrase attributed to Marcus Junius Brutus, one of the people who assassinated Julius Caesar.[1] 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").[2] John Wilkes Booth is believed to have said the phrase after assassinating Abraham Lincoln. It is also the motto of the Commonwealth of Virginia.[3]


  1. "Definition of SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS". Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  2. "Virginia State Motto: Sic Semper Tyrannis". Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  3. "Virginia State Motto | Sic Semper Tyrannis". Retrieved 2020-07-30.