experto crede

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experto crede is a Latin motto which means Trust in one experienced; literally: "(the/an) expert trust".[1] It is usually used by an author as an aside to the reader, and may be loosely translated as: "trust me", "trust the expert", "believe one who has tried it", or "have faith in experience".


  • In the variant form experto credite it is a quotation from the Aeneid by Virgil (Book XI, line 283)
  • When "crede" is followed by a personal name (e.g., crede John Smith), the expert in question is the name given
  • It is the official motto of the Air Force's 89th Airlift Wing, which flies Air Force One[2]
  • "Experto Crede" is the name of Adéwalé's ship in the Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag [DLC Freedom Cry]

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