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-faeco (dēfēco , or defīco ; cf. Ritschl ad Plaut. Most. 1, 3, 2), āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. faex,
I.to cleanse from dregs; to refine, purify, defecate, clarify (ante-class. and post-Aug.).
B. In gen., to cleanse, purify, wash: “se,Plaut. Most. 1, 3, 2: “membra,Prud. Cath. 7, 74: “aërem,Veg. Vet. 1, 20, 3. —
II. Trop., to purify; to make clear, serene; to set at ease: “quicquid incerti mi in animo prius aut ambiguum fuit, nunc liquet, nunc defaecatum est,Plaut. Ps. 2, 4, 70: “animus purgatus defaecatusque,Macr. Somn. Scip. 1, 8: “mens,id. ib. 2, 12: “literae defaecandae,Sid. Ep. 1, 1: “caro ab omni defaecata labe vitiorum,Ambros. in Luc. 7, 141 fin.: “nunc defaecato demum animo egredior domo,undisturbed, serene, Plaut. Aul. 1, 2, 1.—P. a.: dēfaecātus , a, um. —Comp.: “caelum defaecatius ab omni labe,Ambros. in Psa. 118; Serm. 8; “vindemiae,refined, Vulg. Isa. 25, 6.
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