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maestus (moest- ), a, um, adj. maereo, q. v.,
I.full of sadness, sad, sorrowful, afflicted, dejected, melancholy (class.).
II. Transf. (poet. and in post-Aug. prose).
A. Like tristis, gloomy, severe by nature: “ille neci maestum mittit Oniten,Verg. A. 12, 514 (naturaliter tristem, severum, quem Graeci σκυθρωπὸν dicunt ἀγέλαστον, Serv.): “tacitā maestissimus irā,Val. Fl. 5, 568: “oratores maesti et inculti,gloomy, Tac. Or. 24.—
B. In gen., connected with mourning; containing, causing, or showing sadness; sad, unhappy, unlucky: “vestis,a mourning garment, Prop. 3, 4 (4, 5), 13: “tubae,id. 4 (5), 11, 9: “funera,Ov. F. 6, 660; cf.: “ossa parentis Condidimus terrā maestasque sacravimus aras,Verg. A. 5, 48: “a laevā maesta volavit avis,the bird of ill omen, Ov. Ib. 128: venter, exhausted with hunger, Lucil. ap. Non. 350, 33 (enectus fame, Non.).—Hence, adv., in two forms. *
A. maestē , with sadness, saaly, sorrowfully: “maeste, hilariter,Auct. Her. 3, 14, 24.—*
B. maestĭter , in a way to indicate sorrow: “maestiter vestitae,Plaut. Rud. 1, 5, 6.
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