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ĕgestas , ātis, f. egeo,
I.indigence, extreme poverty, necessity, want (very freq. and class.; “for syn. cf.: indigentia, inopia, penuria, paupertas, mendicitas): ista paupertas, vel potius egestas ac mendicitas,Cic. Parad. 6, 1, 45; Plaut. Ps. 2, 4, 2; id. Trin. 2, 2, 57; 77; 4, 2, 5 al.; Cic. Rosc. Am. 49 fin.; id. Cat. 2, 11 fin.; id. Inv. 1, 47, 88; * Caes. B. G. 6, 24, 4; Verg. G. 1, 146; 3, 319; id. A. 6, 276 et saep.; cf. in plur.: “egestates tot egentissimorum hominum,Cic. Att. 9, 7, 5.—Of inanimate things: “patrii sermonis,Lucr. 1, 832; 3, 260; cf. “linguae,id. 1, 139; and: “animi,Cic. Pis. 11. —With an object-genitive, want of something: “pabuli,Sall. J. 44, 4; cf. “cibi,Tac. A. 6, 23: “rei familiaris,Suet. Vit. 7: rationis, want of knowledge, i. e. ignorance, Lucr. 5, 1211.
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