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scriptūra , ae, f. scribo,
I.a writing, written characters.
I. In gen. (acc. to scribo, I.; “Cic. uses scriptio instead): minium in voluminibus quoque scriptura usurpatur clarioresque litteras vel in auro vel in marmore etiam in sepulchris facit,Plin. 33, 7, 40, § 122: “(meorum librorum) scriptura quanti constet,Mart. 1, 67, 3; Suet. Aug. 80: mendum scripturae, an error in writing, Caecin. ap. Cic Fam. 6, 7, 1.—*
2. Concr., a line (syn. scriptum): “supercilia usque ad malarum scripturam currentia,the boundary line between the cheeks and eyelids, Petr. 126, 15.—
II. In partic. (freq. and class.).
A. (Acc. to scribo, II.) A writing, composing, composition (cf. scriptura).
1. Abstr., = scriptio: “stilus optimus dicendi effector ... Nam si subitam et fortuitam orationem commentatio facile vincit: hanc ipsa profecto assidua ac diligens scriptura superabit,Cic. de Or. 1, 33, 150; cf. id. Fam. 15, 21, 4: “neminem posse omnis res per scripturam complecti,id. Inv. 2, 50, 152: quod si scripturam sprevissem in praesentiā, writing, composing, Ter. Hec. prol. alt. 16: “scriptura levis,id. Phorm. prol. 5; cf.: genus scripturae, Caecin. ap. Cic. Fam. 6, 7, 3; Liv 25, 12; Suet. Vit. Juven.; Nep. praef. § 1; cf. “also: Naevii Punicum bellum continenti scripturā expositum,Suet. Gram. 2: C. Furnio legato plura verbo quam scriptura mandata dedimus, rather orally than in writing, Planc. ap. Cic. Fam. 10, 8, 5; cf.: “edebat per libellos scripturā brevi,written briefly, Suet. Caes. 41.—
2. Concr., = scriptum.
a. Something written, a writing (rare, and not in Cic., for scriptum, liber, libellus): ne cum poëtā scriptura evanesceret, Ter. Hec. prol. alt. 5; id. Ad. prol. 1: “diurna actorum, i. e. acta diurna,the public paper of the State, Tac. A. 3, 3: “nemo annales nostros cum scripturā eorum contenderit,id. ib. 4, 32: “in alterā scripturā,Val. Max. 1, 1, 12; Vitr. 5, 4, 1; Vulg. Dan. 5, 17; 25.—Of an inscription: “statuae aetatem scriptura indicat,Vell. 2, 61, 3.—
b. In eccl. writers: κατ̓ ἐξοχὴν Scriptura, or, in the plur., Scripturae, the Scriptures, Vulg. Matt. 21, 42; id. Johan. 7, 42.—Esp. sing.: scriptūra , ae, a scripture, a passage of Scripture, Vulg. Marc. 14, 49; id. Johan. 19, 24.—
B. Publicists' and jurid. t. t.
1. Public.
b. A written law (syn. lex scripta): “cum per ignorantiam scripturae multa commissa fierent,Suet. Calig. 41.—
2. Jurid. t. t.
b. A will: suprema, Cod. Th. 16, 1, 40.
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