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cĕlĕrĭtas , ātis, f. celer,
I.swiftness, quickness, speed, celerity (in good prose; syn.: velocitas, pernicitas; “opp. tarditas): velocitas corporis celeritas appellatur, quae eadem ingenii laus habetur, etc.,Cic. Tusc. 4, 13, 31: “celeritas et vis equorum,id. Div. 2, 70, 144; cf. “equitum,Caes. B. G. 1, 48 fin.: “navis,Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 34, § 88: “pedum,id. Ac. 1, 5, 19: “in capiendis castris,Caes. B. G. 7, 46: “veneni,the quick effect, Cic. Cael. 24, 60: “incredibili celeritate de victoriā Caesaris fama perfertur,Caes. B. G. 5, 53: “celeritati studere,id. B. C. 3, 79: “Favonio Scipionis celeritas salutem attulit,id. ib. 3, 36 fin.: “maximum bonum in celeritate putabat,Sall. C. 43, 4: “celeritate uti,to employ speed, Nep. Ages. 2, 2; 4, 4.—In plur. absol.: cavendum est ne in festinationibus suscipiamus nimias celeritates, Cic. Off. 1, 36, 131.—
2. Of intellectual and abstract objects: “animorum,Cic. Sen. 21, 78: inge nii, v. supra; cf.: “calliditas et celeritas ingenii,quickness of device, Nep. Eum. 1, 3: “cogitationis,Quint. 10, 3, 19: “consilii,Nep. Ages. 6, 2: “orationis,Cic. Or. 16, 53; Quint. 11, 3, 111: “dicendi,Cic. Fl. 20, 48: “syllabarum,id. Or. 57, 191; Quint. 9, 4, 91; 9, 4, 88; 9, 4, 140; 11, 3, 107.
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