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mōtus , ūs, m. moveo,
I.a moving, motion (freq. and class.).
I. Lit.
B. In partic., artistic movement, gesticulation, dancing: “haud indecoros motus more Tusco dabant,gesticulated, Liv. 7, 2: “Ionici,dances, Hor. C. 3, 6, 21: “Cereri dare motūs,to perform dances, dance, Verg. G 1, 350: “palaestrici,the motions of wrestlers, Cic. Off. 1, 36, 130. —Of the gestures of an orator, Cic. Brut. 30, 116.—Of military movements, evolutions: “ut ad motūs concursūsque essent leviores,Nep. Iph. 1, 4.—
C. Transf., a stage in the growth of a plant: “tres esse motūs in vite, seu potius in surculo, naturales: unum quo germinet: alterum quo floreat: tertium quo maturescat,Col. 4, 28, 2.—
II. Trop.
A. In gen., of the mind or heart, a movement, operation, impulse, emotion, affection, passion, agitation, disturbance (syn.: “affectus, perturbatio): cum semper agitetur animus, nec principium motus habeat,Cic. Sen. 21, 78: “motūs animorum duplices sunt, alteri cogitationis, alteri appetitūs,id. Off. 1, 36, 130: “motūs animi nimii, i. e. perturbationes,id. ib. 1, 38, 136: “mentis meae,id. Att. 3, 8, 4: “animi motus et virtutis gloriam esse sempiternam,id. Sest. 68, 143: “tres quae dulcem motum afferunt sensibus,sensation, id. Fin. 2, 3, 10: Manto, divino concita motu, impulse, inspiration, Ov. M. 6, 158.—
B. In partic.
1. A political movement, sudden rising, tumult, commotion.
(α). In a good sense: Italiae magnificentissimus ille motus, Cic. pro Dom. 56, 142.—
(β). Rebellion, sedition: “omnes Catilinae motūs conatūsque prohibere,Cic. Cat. 2, 12, 26: “motum afferre rei publicae,id. ib. 2, 2, 4: “populi,id. de Or. 2, 48, 199: “servilis,a rising of the slaves, insurrection, Liv. 39, 29: “motum in re publicā non tantum impendere video, quantum tu aut vides, aut ad me consolandum affers,a change, alteration, Cic. Att. 3, 8, 3.—
2. In rhet., a trope (= immutatio verborum, Cic.), Quint. 9, 1, 2; cf. id. 8, 5, 35.—
3. A motive (post-Aug.): “audisti consilii mei motūs,Plin. Ep. 3, 4, 9.
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