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fĭgūro , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. figura,
I.to form, fashion, shape (rare but class.).
II. Trop.
A. In gen.: “voces lingua,to pronounce, utter, Lucr. 4, 550; cf. id. 2, 413: “os tenerum pueri balbumque poëta figurat,forms, trains, Hor. Ep. 2, 1, 126: “dum tempora nostra figurat,represents, Prud. Psych. 66.—
B. In partic.
2. In rhet. lang., to adorn with figures: “tam translatis verbis quam propriis figuratur oratio,Quint. 9, 1, 9: “plurima mutatione figuramus,id. 10, 1, 12.— Absol.: “affectus efficaciter movit, figurabat egregie,Sen. Contr. 3 praef.—Hence, fĭgū-rātus , a, um, P. a.
A. Lit., formed, fashioned, shaped: “boum ipsa terga declarant non esse se ad onus accipiendum figurata,Cic. N. D. 2, 63, 159: “(hominis) ita figuratum corpus,id. Fin. 5, 12, 34: “signum in modum Liburnae figuratum,Tac. G. 9: “venter ei, qui a periculo tutus est, reddit mollia, figurata,well-formed stools, Cels. 2, 3; 2, 8 med.—Of a word, derived: “dicatur a Graeca voce figurata esse,Gai. Inst. 3, 93 fin.
B. Trop., of speech, figurative (not in Cic., but very freq. in Quint.): oratio ἐσχηματισμένη, id est figurata (opp. ἀσχημάτιστος, figuris carens), Quint. 9, 1, 13; cf. id. 8, 3, 59: “verba,id. 8, 1, 1; 9, 2, 7: “controversiae,id. 9, 2, 65; 88; 9, 1, 14.—Adv. (acc. to B.), figuratively; in two forms: fĭgūrāto , Tert. adv. Marc. 3, 14 al.: fĭgūrāte , Ascon. ap. Cic. Verr. 2, 6: “figuratius,Sid. Ep. 5, 8.
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