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dīmĭcātĭo , ōnis, f. dimico,
I.a fight, combat, furious encounter (cf.: pugna, proelium, certamen, contentio, acies; freq. and good prose).
I. Lit., Caes. B. C. 3, 111, 2; Hirt. B. G. 8, 11; Liv. 25, 6 fin.; 31, 35 fin.; Suet. Aug. 10; 17; Plin. 8, 7, 7, § 18; Front. Strat. 2, 1, 11 et saep.—In plur., Caes. B. G. 7, 86, 3; Front. Strat. 1, 11, 12.—
(β). With gen.: “proelii,Cic. Q. Fr. 1, 1, § 5: “universae rei,a pitched battle, general engagement, Liv. 1, 38; “for which, universa,id. 22, 32. —
II. Transf. beyond the milit. sphere, a combating, struggling; a contest: “non modo contentione, sed etiam dimicatione elaborandum,Cic. Fam. 2, 6 fin.: “talis in remp. nostram labor, assiduitas, dimicatio,id. Balb. 2 fin.; Liv. 10, 24; Quint. 5, 7, 3; 6, 4, 4 al.
(β). With gen.: “vitae,” i. e. a perilous contest, Cic. Planc. 32: “capitis,id. Prov. Cons. 9, 23; cf.: “capitis, famae, fortunarumque omnium,id. Rab. Perd. 2, 5: “fortunae (c. c. discrimen),id. Sull. 28.
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