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nĭtĭdus , a, um, adj. niteo,
I.shining, glittering, bright, polished, clear (class.; syn.: splendidus, lautus).
B. Transf.
1. Of animals, sleek, plump, fat: “jumenta,Nep. Eum. 5, 6.—
2. Of persons, well-conditioned, well-favored, healthy-looking: “me pinguem et nitidum bene curatā cute vises,Hor. Ep. 1, 4, 15.—So, nitidis sensibus haurire aliquid, with fresh, unblunted, unsated senses, Claud. Cons. Mall. Theod. 193.—
3. Good-looking, handsome, beautiful, neat, elegant, spruce, trim: “nimis nitida femina,Plaut. Mil. 4, 2, 12; id. Aul. 3, 6, 4: “quos pexo capillo nitidos videtis,Cic. Cat. 2, 10, 22: “ex nitido fit rusticus,Hor. Ep. 1, 7, 83: “villae,id. ib. 1, 15, 46: “nitidioris vitae instrumenta,Plin. 13, 16, 30, § 100.—
4. Of fields and plants, blooming, fertile, luxuriant: “nitidae fruges arbustaque laeta,Lucr. 2, 594: “campi nitidissimi viridissimique,Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 18, § 47: “nitidissima arboris pars,Plin. 17, 14, 24, § 104. —Poet.: “nitidissimus annus,rich, fertile, Ov. F. 5, 265.—
5. Of the wrestling ring, in allusion to the oil with which the wrestlers' bodies were anointed: palaestrae, Mart. 4, 8, 5.—
II. Trop., cultivated, polished, refined: “nitidum quoddam genus verborum et laetum,Cic. de Or. 1, 18, 81: “verba nitidiora,id. Part. 5, 17: “Isocrates nitidus et comptus,Quint. 10, 1, 79: “Messala,id. 1, 7, 35: “oratio,id. 8, 3, 18; 49; “orator,id. 12, 10, 78: “nitida et curata vox,id. 11, 3, 26: “hilares nitidique vocantur,Juv. 11, 178: “vita nitidior,Plin. 13, 16, 30, § 100.—Hence, adv.: nĭtĭdē , splendidly, brightly, beautifully, magnificently: “ut nitide nitet,Plaut. Truc. 2, 4, 3: “cenare nitide,id. Cas. 3, 6, 19; cf. id. Cist. 1, 1, 11.
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