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frăgĭlis , e, adj. id.,
I.easily broken, brittle, fragile (class.; esp. freq. in the transf. signif.; cf.: caducus, fluxus).
II. Transf., in gen., weak, perishable, frail (physically or mentally): “fragile corpus animus sempiternus movet,Cic. Rep. 6, 24 fin.; “in fragili corpore odiosa omnis offensio est,id. Sen. 18, 65; cf.: “(corpora) fragili natura praedita,Lucr. 1, 581; and absol.: “fragili quaerens illidere dentem, Offendet solido,Hor. S. 2, 1, 77: fragilissimus alvus, Att. ap. Non. 193, 26.—Of an effeminate man: Julius et fragilis Pediatia (sarcastically in the fem. gen. instead of Pediatius), qs. the delicate Miss Pediatius, Hor. S. 1, 8, 39: “quis enim confidit, sibi semper id stabile et firmum permansurum, quod fragile et caducum sit?Cic. Fin. 2, 27, 86: “res humanae fragiles caducaeque sunt,id. Lael. 27, 102; id. Leg. 1, 8, 24; cf.: “divitiarum et formae gloria fluxa atque fragilis est,Sall. C. 1, 4: “fortuna populi,Cic. Rep. 2, 28 fin.: “nec aliud est aeque fragile in homine (quam memoria),Plin. 7, 24, 24, § 90: “nulli vita fragilior (quam homini),id. 7 praef. § 5; cf.: “(hominum) aevum omne et breve et fragile est,Plin. Pan. 78, 2: “haud aevi fragilis sonipes,Sil. 3, 386: anni fragiles et inertior aetas, the frail years (of age), Ov. Tr. 4, 8, 3.—Adv. does not occur.
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