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in-flecto , exi, exum, 3, v. a., bend, bow, curve.
B. In partic.
1. To change, alter, modulate, mitigate a tone: “voces cantu,Tib. 1, 8, 37: “vox inflexa,a plaintive tone, Cic. Or. 17 fin.; Mart. Cap. 3, § 268 sqq.—
2. In gram., to mark or pronounce with a circumflex accent, Arn. 1, p. 44; cf.: “agite, equi, facitote sonitus ungularum appareat: Cursu celeri facite inflexa sit pedum pernicitas,” i.e. beat quick time with your feet, Plaut. Men. 5, 2, 113.—
II. Trop., to change, affect, aller, pervert: “solus hic inflexit sensus,Verg. A. 4, 22: jus civile gratiā, Cic. Caecin. 26, 73: orationem, manner or style of speaking, id. Brut. 9, 38: “magnitudinem animi,to lessen, id. Fam. 1, 7.
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