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lēnis , e, adj. cf. lentus,
I.soft, smooth, mild, gentle, easy, calm.
II. Trop., gentle, moderate, mild, lenient, calm.
B. In partic.
2. In gram.: spiritus, the spiritus lenis, the smooth or soft breathing (opp. the spiritus asper), Prisc. p. 572 P.— Hence, adv. in two forms.
A. lēne (only poet.), softly, mildly, gently: “sectus humum rivo, lene sonantis aquae,Ov. F. 2, 704: “clivi lene jacentes,gently rising, Calp. Ecl. 7, 25: “lene fluens fons,Nemes. Ecl. 4, 47: “lene Notus spirat,Avien. Descript. Orb. 857.—
B. lēnĭter (class. ), softly, mildly, gently.
2. Trop., quietly, calmly, gently, moderately, leniently.
b. In partic.
(β). Moderately, i. e. very little, not at all: “hoc leniter laudabitis,Plaut. Poen. 5, 3, 40; 3, 3, 9: “leniter qui saeviunt sapiunt magis,id. Bacch. 3, 3, 4.—
(γ). In a bad sense, remissly, indolently: “si cunctetur atque agat lenius,too slowly, Caes. B. C. 1, 1.
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