Definitions

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  • n. A student who graduates with second class ("senior optime") or third class ("junior optime") honours in Mathematics, or (loosely) in any other subject.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of those who stand in the second rank of honors, immediately after the wranglers, in the University of Cambridge, England. They are divided into senior and junior optimes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the University of Cambridge, England, one of those in the second or third grade of honors in mathematics, the wranglers constituting the first rank, and the senior and junior optimes the second and third respectively.

Etymologies

From Latin optimē ‘very well’, in the phrase optime disputasti ‘you have disputed very well’ (formerly used in reporting results at Cambridge). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Consolator optime, Greatest comforter, dulcis hospes animae, sweet guest of the soul, dulce refrigerium. sweet consolation.

    Pentecost Novena

  • Radatur caput et fiat cauterium in capite; procul dubio ista faciunt ad fumorum exhalationem; vidi melancholicum a fortuna gladio vulneratum, et cranium fractum, quam diu vulnus apertum, curatus optime; at cum vulnus sanatum, reversa est mania.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Rhasis, in multis vidi, praeter rationem semper aliquid timent, in caeteris tamen optime se gerunt, neque aliquid praeter dignitatem committunt.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Epictetus: optime feceris si ea fugeris quae in alio reprehendis.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Vidi Romae melancholicum qui adhibitis multis remediis, sanari non poterat; sed cum cranium gladio fractum esset, optime sanatus est.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • GIBLIN, LYNDHURST FALKINER (1872-1951), political economist, was born on 29 November 1872 in Hobart...he entered King's College, Cambridge, in 1893, graduating senior optime (mathematics and science) in 1896 (M.A., 1928).

    Insightful Economist At Work - The Austrian Economists

  • Lucis Creator optime O blest Creator of the light

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • For one example, here's the music for the Vespers hymn for Sunday, Lucis Creator optime O blest Creator of the light.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • Curia eius optime ordinatur per denarios, centenarios, et millenarios, et taliter quòd quilibet in suo ordine peragit officium sibi deputatum, nec aliquis defectus reperitur.

    The Journal of Friar Odoric

  • Thomas: Si tibi probauimus Christum verum Deum et hominem esse, qui legem posuit inter homines, et Machometus è contrario venit, et legem contrariam docuit, si sapiens sis optime scire poteris, quid de eo dicendum sit.

    The Journal of Friar Odoric

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