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infirmĭtas , ātis, f. infirmus,
I.want of strength; weakness, feebleness.
I. Lit.: “puerorum,Cic. de Sen. 10, 33: “summa gracilitas et infirmitas corporis,id. Fam. 7, 1: oculorum, Plin. Ep. 7, 21: “propter sexus infirmitatem,Ulp. Fragm. 11, 1: “aetatis,Paul. Sent. 1, 7, 2. —
2. In partic. (sc. corporis, valetudinis), infirmity, indisposition, sickness: “suspicionem infirmitatis dare,Suet. Tib. 72: “infirmitate correptus,Just. 28, 3; Plin. Ep. 10, 6, 1: “infirmitate impeditus,Dig. 4, 6, 38.—
B. Transf.
1. Of things: “hordeo contra tempestates maxima infirmitas,Plin. 18, 7, 18, § 78: “aedificii,Dig. 39, 2, 43: “nimia vini,Col. 12; 20, 7.—
2. Concr., of the weaker sex, women, Liv. 34, 7 fin.: “infirmitas a robustioribus separanda est,children, Quint. 2, 2, 14. —
II. Trop.
A. In gen.: “animi,want of spirit, want of courage, Cic. Rosc. Am. 4, 10: “mentis,Sen. Ep. 11: “memoriae,weakness, Dig. 41, 2, 44: necesse est aut infirmitati aut invidiae adsignetur, Caec. in Cic. Fam. 6, 7, 3. —
B. In partic., fickleness, inconstancy: “infirmitatem Gallorum veritus, quod sunt in consiliis capiendis mobiles,Caes. B. G. 4, 5.
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