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contĭcesco (contĭcisco , Plaut. Bacch. 4, 5, 28; id. Mil. 2, 4, 56; Arn. 5 init.), tĭcŭi, 3,
I.v. inch., to become still, to cease speaking or sounding (class. in prose and poetry).
B. To keep silence, not to speak (very rare): “paulisper alter, alterius conspectu, conticuere,Liv. 30, 30, 2 Weissenb. ad loc.—Poet. with acc.: “tantum nefas conticuit,Val. Fl. 3, 302.—
II. Transf., of things: “numquam de vobis (hominum) gratissimus sermo conticescet,Cic. Phil. 14, 12, 33: “nec ulla umquam aetas de tuis laudibus conticescet,id. Marc. 3, 9: conticuit lyra, * Hor. Ep. 1, 18, 43: “tubae,Mart. 7, 80: “conticuere undae,Ov. M. 5, 574.—
III. Trop., to become still or quiet, come to rest, cease, decline, stop, abate (syn. obmutesco): “cum obmutuisset senatus, judicia conticuissent, etc.,Cic. Pis. 12, 26: “ut tum conticisceret illa lamentatio et gemitus urbis,id. Red. Sen. 7, 17: “artes nostrae,id. Mur. 10, 22; cf.: “studium,id. Brut. 94, 324: “litterae forenses et senatoriae,id. Off. 2, 1, 3: “actiones tribuniciae,Liv. 4, 1, 5: “tumultus,id. 2, 55, 10; 22, 55, 8: “furor,id. 2, 29, 11.
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