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ĭn-ŏpĭa , ae, f. inops,
I.want, lack, scarcity.
II. In partic., a want, esp. of necessaries, want, need, indigence, scarcity, fewness.
B. Transf.
1. Want, helplessness: “praesidio esse contra vim et gratiam solitudini atque inopiae,to those who have no protectors, Cic. Quint. 1, 5: “in hac causa improbitatem et gratiam cum inopia et veritate contendere,id. ib. 27, 84; id. Rosc. Am. 7, 20; id. Clu. 20, 57: “judicum,worthlessness, id. Att. 1, 16, 2: “ingenti cum difficultate itinerum locorumque inopia,and the want of necessaries in these regions, Vell. 2, 54, 3; Sen. ad Helv. 12.—
2. Of a speaker: “inopia et jejunitas,poverty of ideas, Cic. Brut. 55, 202.—
3. Of the want of fruition: “incendere animum cupidum alicujus inopiā,Ter. Heaut. 2, 3, 126.
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