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perdŭellĭo , ōnis, f. perduellis.
I. Hostile conduct against one's country, treason, whether consisting of an attempt against the state, its institutions, and chief ruler, or of union with a foreign enemy, desertion, etc. (class.): “qui perduellionis reus est, hostili animo adversus rempublicam vel principem animatus est,Dig. 48, 4, 11; Cic. Pis. 2, 4: “(Clodius) actionem perduellionis intenderat (for causing the execution of the Catilinarians who were Roman citizens),id. Mil. 14, 36: “perduellionis judicium,id. Rab. Perd. 3, 10: tum Sempronius, perduellionis se judicare Cn. Fulvio dixit, that he accused Fulvius of high-treason (for allowing himself to be defeated), Liv. 26, 3: “duumviros, qui Horatio perduellionem judicent, secundum legem facio (for killing his sister, which was regarded as a usurpation of the prerogative of punishment, and hence as a crime against the state),Liv. 1, 26: “diem perduellionis alicui dicere,Suet. Caes. 12; cf. Liv. 43, 16; Val. Max. 6, 5, 3.—*
II. Transf., concr., a (foreign) enemy of one's country, a public enemy; for the usual hostis (censured as a bombastic expression), Auct. Her. 4, 10, 15; cf. Amm. 21, 16, 10.
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