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ne plus ultra

The highest point of excellence, acme. Loosely translated from the Latin for “there is no reason to go further,” the phrase is a synonym of “zenith.” A new car with all the most modern features that any buyer could wish for (or so the manufacturer claims) might be touted as the ne plus ultra of automobiles. Legend has it that “ne plus ultra”—in its literal sense—was inscribed on Gibraltar's Pillars of Hercules as a warning to mariners not to venture, depending on the direction in which they were sailing, into the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea.
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This instrument is the ne plus ultra of organs," he says.
Cage's 4'33" announced the end of art, the ne plus ultra of a hundred-fifty-year process, more radically and years earlier than did the Brilo boxes of Andy Warhol, who indeed frankly acknowledged his debt to Cage.
A minister who sings in the choir, plays piano for hymn-sings or, the ne plus ultra, knows at least three or four chords on the guitar and will use them to lure three or four more young people into coming out regularly need not worry about his or her sermons, even if they are good.
By mid-October, officials plan to release what promises to be the ne plus ultra of city reports, the Mayor's Report on City Services, the very first publication devoted solely to telling the citizenry how quickly bureaucrats are clearing their backlogs, how devotedly maintenance crews are fixing up ball fields, and much else.
In my opinion, no other existing treatise on the income taxation of estates, trusts and beneficiaries can compare--it is unquestionably the ne plus ultra.
Ne plus ultra, the Hapsburg motto, became Plus ultra: 'more beyond'.
That last word is almost meaninglessly over-used, every city in the capitalist world proclaiming this or that designer pile as the ne plus ultra of achievement.
At its worst, masculism can sound like the ne plus ultra of political correctness: The pantheon of the oppressed is completed by the admission of straight white guys.
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Colors are stripped of the symbolic meaning van Gogh accorded them, and the material candor that Greenberg celebrated as the ne plus ultra of painting becomes an inevitability--but the so-called inner necessity that gave abstract painting human meaning has been sacrificed.
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