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ex-ordĭor , orsus, 4,
I.v. dep. a., to begin a web, to lay the warp, to weave (class.).
II. Transf., in gen., to begin, commence, esp. a speech; constr. with the acc., an inf., with ab or absol.
(γ). With ab (class.): “aut ab adversarii dicto exordiemur, aut, etc.,Auct. Her. 1, 6, 10: “ab ipsa re,Cic. de Or. 2, 79, 320: “a veritate, a dignitate,id. ib. 2, 8, 31.—
(δ). Absol. (class.): “ancilla hoc pacto exordiri coepit,Plaut. Cas. 3, 5, 31: “jubent exordiri ita, ut eum, qui audiat, benevolum nobis faciamus, etc.,Cic. de Or. 2, 19, 80; so, “ita, quasi, etc., Quint. prooem. § 4: in hunc modum,Tac. A. 3, 50: “his verbis,id. ib. 6, 6: “clamore,Cic. Cael. 15, 38.!*? exorsus , a, um, in pass. signif., begun, commenced: “exorsa tela,Plaut. Bacch. 2, 4, 116; Visell. ap. Prisc. p. 793 P.; cf.: “reperiunt ea, quibus ante exorsa et potius detexta prope retexantur,Cic. de Or. 2, 38, 158.—In the plur. subst.: exorsa , ōrum, n., a beginning, commencement: “per ambages et longa exorsa aliquem tenere,a long preamble, Verg. G. 2, 45: “sua cuique exorsa laborem Fortunamque ferent,beginning, undertaking, id. A. 10, 111 (opp. exitus), Amm. 14, 11, 26.
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