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dēpŏsĭtĭo , ōnis, f. depono (post-Aug.; most freq. in jurid. Lat.).
I. Lit., a laying down, putting off.
A. A depositing for safe-keeping, Dig. 16, 3, 1; 5; 17.—
B. A pulling or tearing down: “aedificii,Dig. 4, 2, 9, § 2.—
C. A depositing in the earth, burying, Inscr. Orell. 1121 (of 384 A.D.).—
D. A parting from, getting rid of: “carnis sordium,Vulg. 1 Pet. 3, 21; cf.: “tabernaculi mei,” i. e. the body, id. 2 Pet. 1, 14.—
II. Trop.
A. In gen.: testium, a deposition, testimony, Cod. 2, 43, 3: dignitatis, a lowering, degradation, Dig. 48, 19, 8 init.
B. In rhetor.
(α). The close of a period: “prout aut depositio aut inceptio aut transitus postulabit,Quint. 11, 3, 46 Spald.—
(β). The lowering of voice, sound, or speed of utterance, = Gr. θέσις (opp. ἄρσις = elatio), Mart. Cap. 9, § 974.
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