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ădŭlescentŭlus (not ădŏl- ), i, m. dim. id.,
I.a very young man, = νεανίσκος (when 27 years old, Cicero calls himself adulescentulus, Or. 30; cf. Gell. 15, 28, and Quint. 12, 6. So Sall. C. 49 calls Cæsar adulescentulus, although he was then 33, or perhaps 35 years old): “neque admodum adulescentulust,Naev. Com. Rel. p. 11 Rib.; id. ib. p. 29: “Rhodius adulescentulus,Ter. Eun. 3, 1, 33: “modestissimus,Cic. Planc. 11; Vulg. Gen. 4, 23: “adulescentulus et virgo,ib. Ezech. 9, 6.—Also, a young soldier, a recruit, Cic. Rep. 1, 15 B.; cf. Nep. Paus. 4 and Ham. 1. Sometimes it indicates contempt: Proveniebant oratores novi, stulti adulescentuli, Naev. ap. Cic. Sen. 6, 20: “imberbis adulescentulus,Cic. Dom. 14.
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