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formīdo , ĭnis, f. Sanscr. root dhar-, whence firmus; prop. the fear that makes rigid, Corss. Ausspr. 1, 148,
I.fearfulness, fear, terror, dread (class.).
B. In partic., awe, reverence: “(portae) religione sacrae et saevi formidine Martis,Verg. A. 7, 608; Sil. 1, 83.—
II. Transf., concr., that which produces fear, a frightful thing, a fright, horror.
B. In partic., a scarecrow made of differentcolored feathers, a bugbear: cum maximos ferarum greges linea pennis distincta contineat et in insidias agat, ab ipso effectu dicta formido, Sen. de 1ra, 2, 12 (cf. Nemes. Cyneg. 303 sq.): “cervum puniceae septum formidine pennae,Verg. A. 12, 750; cf. Luc. 4, 437: “furum aviumque Maxima formido,Hor. S. 1, 8, 4.—Personified, as a goddess, Hyg. Fab. prooem. p. 10 Munk.
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