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nēquĭtĭa , ae, and nēquĭtĭes (no
I.gen. or dat.), f. nequam, bad quality, badness (very rare): “aceti,Plin. 14, 20, 25, § 125.—
II. Trop., bad moral quality, of all degrees, idleness, negligence, worthlessness, vileness (syn.: malitia, negligentia, ignavia, mollitia; class.).
A. Idleness, inactivity, remissness, negligence: “me ipsum inertiae nequitiaeque condemno,Cic. Cat. 1, 2, 4; 1, 11, 29: “inertissimi homines, nescio quā singulari nequitiā praediti,id. Fin. 5, 20, 56.—
B. Lightness, levity, inconsiderateness: omnia mala probra flagitia, quae homines faciunt, in duabus rebus sunt, malitia atque nequitia. Si nequitiam defendere vis, licet, P. African. ap. Gell. 7, 11, 9; Auct. ad Her. 3, 6, 11.—
C. Prodigality, profusion: “quod filii nequitiam videret,Cic. Clu. 51, 141: “illum aut nequities ... expellet,Hor. S. 2, 2, 131.—
D. Profligacy, wantonness, lewdness: “uxor pauperis Ibyci Tandem nequitiae pone modum tuae,Hor. C. 3, 15, 1; 3, 4, 78; Ov. F. 1, 414; Phaedr. 3, 8, 15; in plur., Mart. 4, 42, 4.—
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