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ne plus ultra

The peak or highest point (of something). The film is often considered the ne plus ultra of the director's oeuvre. To this day, her administration is considered the ne plus ultra of political scandal.
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ultra vires

From Latin, literally "beyond strength," used in law to describe actions considered beyond the scope of a given body's power. The company's lawyers argue that the terms of the contract were ultra vires and therefore not legal in the first place. The Supreme Court ruled that the regulations implemented by the state court were ultra vires and unenforceable.
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ne plus ultra

Ultimate perfection, the highest point to which something can be brought. The words are Latin for “nothing further” and allegedly quoted an inscription on the Pillars of Hercules, in the Strait of Gibraltar, meant to prevent ships from going any farther. The term was taken over into English in the 1600s and with overuse became a cliché. For example, “In the fascination of young Russians for Western things, jeans are the ne plus ultra of the modish. . . .” (Collin Thubron, Among the Russians, 1983).
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

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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Decoding History: The Battle of the Atlantic and Ultra. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1999.
Ignatius' review (A Father and a Spy," July/August 1999), but I was horrified to see him repeat the story that British authorities "allowed" the WW II bombing of Coventry to protect the "ULTRA secret" (Allied penetration of the German Enigma cipher).