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-rĭpĭo , ŭi, eptum, 3, v. a. rapio,
I.to tear asunder, tear in pieces (class.).
II. In partic.
A. Milit. t. t., to lay waste, ravage, spoil, plunder an enemy's territory or possessions (so most freq.): “bona alicujus,Caes. B. G. 7, 3, 1; 7, 42, 3; 7, 43, 2: “magnum numerum frumenti commeatusque,id. ib. 7, 38, 9: “impedimenta,id. ib. 2, 17, 3: “naves more praedonum,id. B. C. 3, 112, 3: “praedas bellicas,Sall. J. 41, 7 et saep.: “oppidum,Caes. B. C. 1, 21, 2; 3, 80 fin.: “urbes,Liv. 37, 32 fin.: “tecta,id. 5, 41: “templa hostiliter,id. 37, 21; cf.: “castra hostiliter,id. 2, 14; and: “oppida hostiliter,Suet. Caes. 54: “civitates,Caes. B. C. 3, 31 fin.: “provincias,Cic. de Imp. Pomp. 19, 57: “patriam,id. Att. 8, 2, 3 et saep.—
b. With personal objects: “Eburones,Caes. B. G. 6, 34, 8; 6, 35, 4: “Lusitanos,Nep. Cato, 3, 4: “ab hostibus diripi,Caes. B. G. 7, 8, 4; cf. id. B. C. 2, 12, 4 al.
2. Transf. beyond the milit. sphere, to destroy, to rob: “(Harpyiae) diripiunt dapes,Verg. A. 3, 227: “supellectilem,Suet. Ner. 11.—
B. To struggle, strive, contend for a thing (post-Aug.): “talos jecit in medium, quos pueri diripere coeperant,Quint. 6, 1, 47: editum librum, to buy up rapidly, Suet. Vita Pers. fin.—Of persons: “diripitur ille toto foro patronus,Sen. Brev. Vit. 7; so, “Timagenem, id. de Ira, 3, 23: Homerum (urbes),Stat. Silv. 5, 3, 131: “matrem avidis complexibus ambo,id. Th. 5, 722: “te potentiores per convivia,Mart. 7, 76.—
C. To tear away, snatch away: “direpto ex capite regni insigni et lacerata veste,Curt. 7, 5, 24: “ferrum a latere,Tac. A. 1, 35; Hor. C. 3, 5, 21 Stallb. (al. derepta). —
III. Trop., of the mind and feelings, to distract, distress: “differor, distrahor, diripior,Plaut. Cist. 2, 1, 5.
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