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inquĭno , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. cunire, acc. to Paul. ex Fest. p. 50 Müll.,
I.to befoul, stain, pollute, defile (syn.: polluo, contamino, conspurco).
II. Trop., to pollute, defile, corrupt, contaminate: saepe unus puer petulans atque impurus inquinat gregem puerorum, Varr. ap. Non. 168, 7: “amicitiam nomine criminoso,Cic. Planc. 19, 46: “agros turpissimis possessoribus, id. Phil, 2, 17, 43: omnem splendorem honestatis,id. Fin. 5, 8, 22: “urbis jura et exempla corrumpere domesticaque immanitate inquinare,id. Deiot. 12, 23: “senatum,Liv. 9, 46, 10: “famam alterius,id. 29, 37 med.: “argumenta puerorum foedis amoribus,Quint. 10, 1, 100; cf. id. 2, 5, 24; 4, 2, 102: “se parricidio,Cic. Tusc. 5, 2, 6: “se vitiis atque flagitiis,id. ib. 1, 30, 72: “nuptias et genus et domos,Hor. C. 3, 6, 18: “Juppiter inquinavit aere tempus aureum,id. Epod. 16, 64.—Hence, inquĭnātus , a, um, P. a., befouled, polluted.
2. Transf., stained, dyed: “bis murice vellus inquinatum,Mart. 4, 4, 6.—
B. Trop., defiled, impure, filthy, base.
2. In partic.
b. Tinctured, slightly imbued with any thing (cf. A. 2.): “litteris satis inquinatus est,Petr. Fragm. Trag. 46 Burm.: “non inquinati sumus (istis vitiis), sed infecti,Sen. Ep. 59 med.Adv.: inquĭnātē , filthily, impurely; loqui, Cic. Brut. 37, 140; 74, 258.
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