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contĭnentĭa , ae, f. contineo.
I. A holding back, repressing. *
B. Trop. (acc. to contineo, I. B. 2. b., and continens, B.), a briding, restraining of one's passions and desires, abstemiousness, continence, temperance, moderation, ἐγκράτεια (the common signif.; most freq. in Cic.; it is diff. from abstinentia, v. in h. v.; “opp. libido): continentia est, per quam cupiditas consilii gubernatione regitur,Cic. Inv. 2, 54, 164; id. Off. 2, 24, 86; cf. Quint. 5, 10, 121: “conferte hujus libidines cum illius continentiā,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 52, § 115; cf.: “ubi pro continentiā et aequitate libido atque superbia invasere,Sall. C. 2, 5; “connected with modestia,Caes. B. G. 7, 52; cf. Quint. 2, 21, 3; 3, 7, 15 al.
II. (Acc. to contineo, I. B. 3., and continens, C.) The contents of a work (only late Lat.): “operis,Macr. Somn. Scip. 2, 12, § 2; Hier. in Isa. 5, 20 init.; 5, 23, 11; so the title of the work of Fulgentius: De Expositione Vergilianae Continentiae, etc.— *
III. (Acc. to contineo, II., and continens, A. 1.) Contiguity, proximity: “regionum (just before: cohaerentia regionum),Macr. S. 5, 15, 5.
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