Definition of summa rerum in English:

summa rerum

noun

  • The highest public interest; the public good.

Pronunciation

summa rerum

/ˌsʌmə ˈrɛːrəm/ /ˌsʊmə ˈrɛːrʊm/

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), writer and dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. From classical Latin summa rērum from summa + rērum of things or affairs, genitive plural of rēs thing.