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et tu brute

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Et tu, Brute? [(et tooh brooh-tay)]

A Latin sentence meaning “Even you, Brutus?” from the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare. Caesar utters these words as he is being stabbed to death, having recognized his friend Brutus among the assassins.

Note: “Et tu, Brute?” is used to express surprise and dismay at the treachery of a supposed friend.
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  • If my friends read this they would say: "et tu brute; are you so perfect?"

    Over Here Hector MacQuarrie
  • The head looks a sort of reproachfully at him, with an "et tu brute!"

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville

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