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jam-prīdem (and separat. jam prī-dem ; v. jam and pridem),
I.adv., long ago, long since, a long time ago: “id jam pridem sensi,Plaut. Pseud. 1, 5, 7: “is jam pridem mortuus est,Cic. Rosc. Com. 14, 42; id. Att. 11, 14, 4: “erat jam pridem apud me reliquum pauxillulum nummorum,Ter. Phorm. 1, 1, 3: “jam pridem quidem, cum vultus inter vos minime fraternos cernebam,Liv. 40, 8; “so opp. nondum,Cic. Prov. Cons. 14, 35: “te nunc etiam,Cic. Marc. 9, 28: “te nunc vero,id. Att. 2, 7, 4.—
II. Esp., This long time, now for a long time, hitherto: “cupio equidem, et jam pridem cupio, etc.,Cic. Att. 2, 5, 1: “jam pridem hanc prolem cupio enumerare meorum,Verg. A. 6, 717; id. E. 2, 43: “nihil jam sum pridem admiratus magis,Cic. Fam. 3, 11, 1: “qui bellum jam pridem parabat,had long been preparing, Just. 12, 8, 2: “veritus ne traderetur Philippo, jam pridem hosti,Liv. 36, 14; v. jam, I. A. 1. b., and pridem.
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