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cui bono

[koo i boh-noh; English kwee boh-noh, kahy-] /kʊɪ ˈboʊ noʊ; English ˈkwi ˈboʊ noʊ, ˈkaɪ-/
Latin.
1.
for whose benefit?
2.
for what use? of what good?
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  • Very possibly I should call it the same; but, my dear sir, cui bono?

  • He had adopted as his motto and watchword the fatal cui bono?

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • If discarnate spirits don't trouble about the personal affairs of those on earth, the "cui bono" argument is hurled at them.

    Seen and Unseen E. Katharine Bates
  • And straightway hereupon, arose the natural question of cui bono?

  • It is possible that certain captious persons may be disposed to inquire into the cui bono?

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • But he had got so far as to ask himself the question,—cui bono?

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • To which Mr. Brandram, who was rector of Beckenham, replied “cui bono?”

    The Life of George Borrow Clement K. Shorter
  • I would wring my hands, and rend the air with cries of cui bono.

  • Goes with 'the tented field' and casus belli: cherchez la femme and cui bono?

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Hence the universal apathy in the face of crying evils and damning customs; hence also the helpless "cui bono?"

British Dictionary definitions for cui bono

cui bono

/kwiː ˈbəʊnəʊ/
uknown
1.
for whose benefit? for what purpose?
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Word Origin and History for cui bono

a Latin phrase from Cicero. It means "to whom for a benefit," or "who profits by it?" not "to what good purpose?" as is often erroneously claimed. From cui "to? for whom?," an old form preserved here in the dative form of the interrogative pronoun quis "who?" (see who) + bono "good" (see bene-).

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