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ex-pungo , unxi, unctum, 3, v. a. *
I. Lit., to prick out: “nates jam diu sunt saepe expunctae,Plaut. Pers. 5, 2, 67.— Hence,
II. Transf.
A. To strike out, cross out, blot out, erase from a list by points (set above or below).
1. Lit., to expunge a debt, to discharge a soldier (mostly ante- and post-class.; “not in Cic.): ut expungatur nomen, ne quid debeam,Plaut. Cist. 1, 3, 41: “miles pulchre centuriatus est expuncto in manipulo,discharged, disbanded, id. Curc. 4, 4, 29: “decurias judicum,Suet. Claud. 15: “ex causa desertionis notatus temporis, quo in desertione fuit, stipendiis expungitur,is struck off from the roll, deprived of his pay, Dig. 49, 16, 15. —
2. In gen.
(α). To get out of the way, remove: “pupillum,Pers. 2, 12.—
(β). Esp., to blot out a score, remove an obligation (by returning the favor): “munus munere,Sen. Ben. 4, 40, 4.—
B. To settle or adjust an account, to reckon up any thing: “rei publicae rationes subscriptae et expunctae,Dig. 44, 3, 4: “ausus est annumerare posteris stellas ac sidera ad nomen expungere,to reckon up, enumerate, Plin. 2, 26, 24, § 95: expungebantur milites laureati, were checked off, sc. as destined to be rewarded, Tert. Cor. Mil. 1.—
2. Transf., in gen., to execute, accomplish, perform, fulfil: “effectum,Tert. Apol. 35: “adventum,id. ib. 21: “vota et gaudia Caesarum,id. ib. 35.
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