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lūdĭfĭcor , ātus sum, 1,
I.v. dep. n. and a. [id.] (inf. ludificarier, Plaut. Mil. 4, 4, 25), to make game, to mock; to make game of, make sport of, turn into ridicule; to delude, deceive.
I. Lit.
A. Neutr.: “aperte ludificari et calumniari,to mock, ridicule, Cic. Rosc. Am. 20, 55.—With acc. of kindred signif.: “nugas ludificabitur,will make game of you in trifles, Plaut. Capt. 3, 4, 80.—
II. Transf., to thwart, frustrate, by tricks or contrivances: “locationem,Liv. 39. 44: “ea, quae hostes agerent,id. 24, 34: “rostra fuga,Flor. 2, 2, 8: “hostis impune Romanum ludificabatur,Tac. A. 3, 21.—Pass. part.: “ludificato incerto proelio,Sall. J. 50, 4.—
III. Trop.: “Quojus ego hodie ludificabor corium, si vivo, probe,” i. e. cut up, lash, Plaut. Most. 5, 1, 19 Lorenz.
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