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amplĭtūdo , ĭnis, f. amplus, in space,
I.wide extent, breadth, width, amplitude, size, bulk (class., but only in prose).
II. Trop.
A. With gen., greatness: “animi,Cic. Tusc. 2, 26, 64: “harum rerum splendor, amplitudo,id. Off. 1, 20, 67: “rerum gestarum,Nep. Att. 18: fortunae, Plin. praef. 3: opum, id. 3, 4, 5, § 31.—In plur.: “amplitudines virtutum,Gell. 4, 9.—
C. In rhet., copiousness and dignity of expression: “in his finis est amplitudo,Cic. Inv. 2, 16 fin., which see in full: “uberi dignitas atque amplitudo est,Gell. 6, 14, 3.—Specifically: “amplitudo Platonis,Cic. Or. 1 fin., for the Gr. πλατύτης τῆς ἑρμηνείας (Diog. L. 3, 4), which is by Plin. Ep. 1, 10, more literally called Platonica latitudo.—So of metre: “amplitudo dactyli ac paeonis,the fulness, richness, Quint. 9, 4, 136; cf. id. 5, 14, 30.
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