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Dep. to spare, Lat. parcere: spare persons and things in war, i. e. not destroy them, c. gen., Hom., attic:—absol. to spare, be merciful, Thuc. spare in using, to refrain from using, use sparingly, ἵππων φειδόμενος, i. e. taking care of them, Il.; μὴ φείδεο σίτου Hes.; φείδεο τῶν νηῶν Hdt.; τι φειδόμεσθα τῶν λίθων; why refrain from using them? Ar.; φ. μήτε χρημάτων μήτε πόνων Plat.
2.absol. to be sparing, be thrifty, live thriftily, Theogn.; οἱ γεωργοῦντες καὶ φειδόμενος Dem.:—this part is used as adj. = φειδωλός, Ar.:— adv. φειδομένως sparingly, NTest., Plut. draw back from, τοῦ κινδύνου Xen.; φείδου μηδὲν ὧνπερ ἐννοεῖς shrink not at all from that thou hast in mind, Soph.:—also c. inf. to spare or cease to do, forbear from doing, Eur.

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