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-strŭo , xi, ctum, 3,
I.v. a., to pull or tear down any thing built (opp. construo— for syn. cf.: demolior, diruo).
I. Prop. (rare but class.): “navem, aedificium idem destruit facillime, qui construxit,Cic. de Sen. 20, 72; so, “templum prope funditus,Suet. Vesp. 9: “moenia,Verg. A. 4, 326: “aras,Vulg. Exod. 34, 13 et saep.—
B. Poet. transf.: “crinemque manumque, i. e.,to strip off crown and sceptre, Stat. Th. 12, 93.—
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