Adjective "diem" definition and examples

(Diem may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)


/ˈdʌɪɛm//ˌkɑːpeɪ ˈdiːɛm/

Definitions and examples


Used to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future.
  1. 'Mr. Keating repeated the first line of the poem, ‘Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,’ and then explained that the Latin term for that sentiment was carpe diem.'
  2. 'A more philosophical reading of the project is to encourage people to seize the moment, carpe diem.'
  3. 'He's promising to teach his audiences Latin this year - carpe diem!'

More definitions

1. 1901–1963, South Vietnamese statesman: president of the Republic of South Vietnam 1956–6

3. per diem [per dee-uh m, dahy-uh m] /pər ˈdi əm, ˈdaɪ əm/ Spell Syllables adverb

1. by the day; for each day. adjective

2. paid by the day. noun

3. a daily allowance, usually for living expenses while traveling in connection with one's work or being employed at a distance from one's home: a per diem for lawmakers while the legislature is in session.

More examples(as adjective)

"payments can be diem."


(Ngo Dinh Diem)Latin, ‘seize the day!’, a quotation from Horace ( Odes I.xi).