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mŏlestus , a, um, adj. moles,
I.troublesome, irksome, grievous, annoying (class.; cf. “importunus): abscede hinc, molestus ne sis!Plaut. As. 2, 4, 63: “provincia,Cic. Mur. 8, 18: “operosus ac molestus labor,id. N. D. 2, 23, 39: “alicui odiosum et molestum esse,id. Sen. 14, 47: “tu autem, nisi molestum est, paulisper exsurge,if it will not incommode you, id. Clu. 60, 168: “nihil erit his laboriosius molestiusque provinciae?id. Leg. 3, 8, 19: “arrogantia ingenii atque eloquentiae est multo molestissima,id. Div. in Caecil. 11, 36: tunica, a dress of pitch, in which a malefactor was burned (tunicam alimentis ignium et illitam et intextam, Sen. Ep. 14, 5), Juv. 8, 235; Mart. 10, 25, 5.—
B. In partic., of speech, labored, affected: “simplex in agendo veritas non molesta,Cic. Brut. 30, 116: “verba,Ov. A. A. 1, 464: “pronuntiatio gesticulationibus,Quint. 11, 3, 183: “dialectos,Suet. Tib. 56.—
II. Transf.
A. That is done with difficulty, difficult (post-class.): “molesta separatio,Dig. 9, 2, 27, § 14.—*
B. Dangerous, injurious: “otium, Catulle, tibi molestum est,Cat. 51, 12.—Hence, adv.: mŏlestē .
1. With trouble or difficulty (class.): “moleste fero,I take it ill, it vexes, annoys me, Cic. Att. 13, 22, 4: “molestissime fero, quod, etc.,id. Fam. 3, 6, 5: “molestius ferre,id. Q. Fr. 1, 1, 1, § 2: “fero,I lament, Sen. Ep. 67, 13.—
2. In a troublesome or offensive manner; of speech, in a labored manner, affectedly: “mimice ac moleste,Cat. 42, 8: scribere, August. ap. Suet. Aug. 86: “moleste uti distinctionibus,Quint. 11, 3, 181.
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