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cōmo , mpsi (msi), mptum (mtum), 3, v. a. co- (i. e. con) and emo; cf.: demo, promo.
II. To care for, take care of.
A. Prop., in the class. per. usu. of the care of the hair, to comb, arrange, braid, dress; absol.: “amica dum comit dumque se exornat,Plaut. Stich. 5, 4, 19: “capillos,Cic. Pis. 11, 25; Verg. A. 10, 832: “nitidum caput,Tib. 1, 8, 16: “caput in gradus atque anulos,Quint. 12, 10, 47: “comas acu,id. 2, 5, 12: “comas hasta recurva,Ov. F. 2, 560: “capillos dente secto,Mart. 12, 83.—Transf. to the person: “sacerdos Fronde super galeam et felici comptus olivā,wreathed, Verg. A. 7, 751: “Tisiphone serpentibus undique compta,id. Cul. 218: “pueri praecincti et compti,Hor. S. 2, 8, 70: “longas compta puella comas,Ov. Am. 1, 1, 20.—
B. In partic., to adorn, deck, ornament: “corpora si quis vulsa atque fucata muliebriter comat,Quint. 8, prooem. § 19: “ colla genasque,Stat. S. 1, 2, 110: “vultus,Claud. in Eutr. 2, 337: “vestes et cingula manu,id. VI. Cons. Hon. 525.—
2. Transf. of things: “vittā comptos praetendere ramos,Verg. A. 8, 128: colus compta, i. e. furnished or adorned with wool, Plin. 8, 48, 74, § 194.—
II. Trop., to deck, adorn: “Cleopatra simulatum compta dolorem,Luc. 10, 83.—Esp. freq. of rhet. ornament: “non quia comi expolirique non debeat (oratio),Quint. 8, 3, 42; cf.: “linguae orationisque comendae gratiā,Gell. 1, 9, 10.—Hence, comptus (-mtus ), a, um, P. a., adorned, ornamented, decked: “juvenes ut femina compti,Ov. H. 4, 75: “anima mundissima atque comptissima,Aug. Quant. Anim. 33.—But usu. of discourse, embellished, elegant: “compta et mitis oratio,Cic. Sen. 9, 28 (al. composita): “comptior sermo,Tac. H. 1, 19: “(Vinicius) comptae facundiae,id. A. 6, 15.—Transf. to the person: “Isocrates in diverso genere dicendi nitidus et comptus,Quint. 10, 1, 79. —Adv.: comptē (comt- ), with ornament, elegantly, only trop.: “compte disserere,Sen. Ep. 75, 6: “agere rem,Gell. 7, 3, 52.—* Comp.: “comptius dicere,Gell. 7, 3, 53.—Sup., Plaut. Mil. 3, 3, 66, acc. to Ritschl (al. comissime).
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