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gĕnĕrōsus a, um, adj. genus,
I.of good or noble birth, noble, eminent (class.).
B. Transf., of animals, plants, etc., of a good or noble species, noble, superior, excellent (mostly poet. and in post-Aug. prose): “sues,of a noble stock, Plin. 11, 40, 95, § 233: “pecus,Verg. G. 3, 75: “equus,Quint. 5, 11, 4; Symm. Ep. 4, 61: “leones generosissimi,Plin. 10, 21, 24, § 47: “testa (i. e. concha),Hor. S. 2, 4, 31: “ostrea,Plin. 32, 6, 21, § 61: “generosum et lene requiro (vinum),of a good sort, generous, Hor. Ep. 1, 15, 18; cf. “vitis,Col. 3, 2 fin.; 3, 2, 17: “pruna,Ov. M. 13, 818; cf.: “generosissima mala,Plin. 15, 17, 18, § 64: “quod est pomum generosissimum? nonne quod optimum?Quint. 5, 11, 4: “sorba,Plin. 15, 21, 23, § 85: “obsonium,id. 15, 29, 35, § 118: “arbor,Quint. 8, 3, 76: “flos,Ov. F. 5, 211 al.: “generosos palmite colles,id. M. 15, 710; cf.: “insula inexhaustis Chalybum generosa metallis,Verg. A. 10, 174.—
II. Trop.
B. Of things, noble, dignified, honorable: “humilis et minime generosus ortus amicitiae,Cic. Lael. 9, 29: “quaedam generosa virtus,id. Tusc. 2, 6, 16: “Dolabella, vir simplicitatis generosissimae,Vell. 2, 125 fin.: “quo generosior celsiorque est (animus),Quint. 1, 2, 3; id. 2, 4, 4: “forma magnifica et generosa quodammodo,Cic. Brut. 75, 261; “quoted by Suet. paraphrastically,Suet. Caes. 55: quicquid est in oratione generosius, Quint. prooem. 24: tamen emerui generosos vestis honores, i. e. the dress of honor (of a mother of three children), Prop. 4, 11, 61. —Hence, * adv.: gĕnĕrōse (acc. to II.), nobly: “generosius Perire quaerens,Hor. C. 1, 37, 21.
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