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esse quam videri

[es-se kwahm wi-de-ree; English es-ee kwam vi-dair-ahy] /ˈɛs sɛ kwɑm ˈwɪ dɛ ri; English ˈɛs i kwæm vɪˈdɛər aɪ/
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to be rather than to seem: motto of North Carolina.
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