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nĭmis , adv. ni-, ne-, and root ma-, to measure; cf.: metior, mensa, metare, etc.; hence,
I.too much, overmuch, excessively, beyond measure.
I. Lit.: “Chremes nimis graviter cruciat adulescentulum nimisque inhumane,too severely ... too inhumanly, Ter. Heaut. 5, 5, 1: “nec nimis valde nec nimis saepe,Cic. Leg. 3, 1, 1: “heu nimis longo satiate ludo,Hor. C. 1, 2, 37: “nimis castus Bellerophon,id. ib. 3, 7, 14: “felix heu nimis,Stat. S. 2, 7, 24: “nimis dixi,Plin. Pan. 45.—
II. Transf., beyond measure, exceedingly (ante-class.): “nimis velim lapidem, etc.,Plaut. Most. 1, 3, 119: “nimis id genus ego odi male,id. Rud. 4, 2, 15; id. Am. 1, 1, 63; Ter. Eun. 4, 7, 16.—Also strengthened by quam or tandem, very much, in the highest degree: “nimis quam formido, ne, etc.,Plaut. Most. 2, 2, 79; id. Truc. 2, 5, 15: “nimis tandem contemnor,id. Ps. 4, 1, 11; id. Pers. 2, 1, 2.—Prov.: “ne quid nimis,Ter. And. 1, 1, 34.
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