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Family Motto "Patior Ut Potiar"

According to Lewis and Short, a standard Latin dictionary:

PATIOR:

patior, passus, 3, v. dep. (act. archaic collat. form patiunto, Cic. Leg. 3, 4, 11: patias, Naev. ap. Diom. p. 395 P.) [cf. Greek PATh, PENTh-, pepontha, penthos], to bear, support, undergo, suffer, endure (syn.: fero, tolero).

UT:

5. In clauses of purpose (final clauses; distinguished from object clauses with ut; v. C. 1., in which the verb itself contains the idea of purpose, the clause completing the idea of the verb), in order that, so that, so as to.

POTIAR:

I. Lit., to become master of, to take possession of, to get, obtain, acquire, receive; constr. with gen., acc., abl., and absol. (class.; syn.: occupo, invado).

Note: The last definition is of the verb "potior." It is possible that the coiner of the motto took a liberty here in order to (ut!) get the neat reversal of vowels.

 

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