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-lăcĕro , āvi, ātum, 1,
I.v. a., to tear to pieces, to tear apart (mostly poet. and in post-Aug. prose).
I. Lit.: dilaceranda feris dabor, * Cat. 64, 152; cf. Ov. H. 12, 116: “dominum (canes),id. M. 3, 250: “natum,id. H. 11, 112: “muliebre corpus tormentis,Tac. A. 15, 57: “aliquid (spiculā),to lacerate, wound, Cels. 7, 5, 2: “leonem,Vulg. Judic. 14, 6.—
II. Trop.: “annum integrum ad dilacerandam rem publicam quaerere,Cic. Mil. 9, 24: “res publica dilacerata,Sall. J. 41, 5 Kritz. (prob. an imitation of Thuc. 3, 82 fin.): “malis consultis animus dilaceratur,Tac. A. 6, 6 fin.; cf. “opes,Ov. H. 1, 90 Loers.: “gentem,Vulg. Isa. 18, 2: “(dilaceravisti,Plaut. Capt. 3, 5, 14 Fleck.; others, delac-).
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