Definition of sub specie mortis in English:

sub specie mortis

adverb

  • With awareness of one's mortality; in the face of death.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Living Age. From post-classical Latin sub specie mortis from classical Latin sub + speciē, ablative of speciēs + mortis, genitive of mors.

Pronunciation

sub specie mortis

/sʌb ˌspiːʃiː ˈmɔːtɪs//sʊb ˌspiːsiː ˈmɔːtɪs/