What does the phrase "nemo me impune lacessit" mean?


The phrase "nemo me impune lacessit" means "no one attacks me with impunity." The phrase is the motto for the Order of the Thistle and several Scottish regiments, as well as other armed forces units in Australia, Canada and South Africa.

The motto "nemo me impune lacessit" also appears on the heraldry of the Kingdom of Scotland, following the adoption of the motto by Charles II in the 17th century.

One of the most well-known literary appearances of this phrase is in Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado," in which the narrator, Montresor, explains that "nemo me impune lacessit" is his family's motto.

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