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A motto (derived from the Latin muttum, 'mutter', by way of Italian motto, 'word', 'sentence')<ref name=mw-motto>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name=motto-oxford>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name=artfl>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> is a maxim, a phrase meant to formally summarize the general motivation or intention of an individual, family, social group or organization.<ref name=artfl /><ref name=motto-oxford /> Mottos are usually not expressed verbally, unlike slogans, but are expressed in writing and usually stem from long traditions of social foundations, or also from significant events, such as a civil war or a revolution. A motto may be in any language, but Latin has been widely used, especially in the Western world.

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