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 Ipse Dixit (Latin).Ipswich. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ipso Facto.
 
Irrespective of all external considerations of right or wrong; absolutely; by the very deed itself. It sometimes means the act itself carries the consequences (as excommunication without sentence of excommunication being directly pronounced).   1
        “Whatever the captain does is right ipso facto [i.e. because it is done by the captain], and any opposition to it is wrong, on board ship.”—R. H. Dana.
        By burning the Pope’s bull, Luther ipso facto [by the very deed itself] denied the Pope’s supremacy. Heresy carries excommunication ipso facto.
 


 Ipse Dixit (Latin).Ipswich. 

 
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