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firmāmentum , i, n. id.,
I.a strengthening, support, prop (class.; esp. freq. in the trop. sense and in Cic.).
B. Transf., the sky fixed above the earth, the firmament (late Lat.), Tert. Bapt. 3; Aug. de Genes. ad lit. 2 et saep.—
II. Trop.
B. In partic., rhet. t. t., the chief support of an argument, the main point, τὸ συνέχον, Cic. Inv. 1, 14, 19; id. Part. 29, 103; Auct. Her. 1, 16, 26; Quint. 3, 11, 1; 9; 12 sq.
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