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nuntĭus , a, um, adj. perh. contr. from noventius, from obsol. novēre, to make new; v. novus.
I. That announces, signifies, makes known; announcing, informing (poet.): “nuntia fibra deos?Tib. 2, 1, 26: “fratre reversuro, nuntia venit avis,Mart. 8, 32, 8: “nuntia littera,Ov. H. 6, 9: “simulacra In mentes hominum divinae nuntia formae,Lucr. 6, 77; cf. id. 4, 704: “habes animi nuntia verba mei,Ov. H. 16, 10: “exta venturae nuntia sortis,Tib. 3, 4, 5.—
II. Usually as subst.
A. nuntĭum , i, n., an announcement, message, news (rare): “ad aures nova nuntia referens,this new message, Cat. 63, 75; cf.: “nuntius est qui nuntiat, nuntium, quod nuntiatur,Serv. Verg. A. 11, 896: “de caelo nuntium erit,Varr. L. L. 6, 86: “tyrannum perturbant nuntia,Sedul. 2, 474.—
B. nuntĭus , i, m., a bearer of news, one who brings intelligence, a reporter, messenger, courier (freq. and class.); “both of persons and things: Mercurius Jovis qui nuntius perhibetur,Plaut. Stich. 2, 1, 1: “ad me rus advenit nuntius,id. Merc. 4, 1, 1: “o hominem fortunatum, qui ejusmodi nuntios, seu potius Pegasos habet,Cic. Quint. 25, 80: litteris, nuntiis, cohortationibus omnes excitare. id. Phil. 14, 7, 20: facere aliquem certiorem per nuntium, id. Att. 11, 24, 4: “aliquid audire sine capite, sine auctore, rumore nuntio,id. Fam. 12, 10, 1: “litteras et nuntios mittere ad aliquem,Caes. B. G. 1, 26: “nuntius ibis Pelidae,Verg. A. 2, 547: “nuntius adfert rem,Cic. Imp. Pomp. 9, 25: “nuntius ales, i. e. Mercurius,Ov. H. 16, 68: “Mercurius, nuntius Jovis et deorum,Hor. C. 1, 10, 5: “nuntii afferunt Darium premi a Scythis,Nep. Milt. 3, 3.—Poet., of a woman: “huic dea ... utinam non hic tibi nuntius essem,Val. Fl. 2, 141.—
b. A messenger, the bearer of a written message, = tabellarius (very rare): “nuntio ipsius, qui litteras attulerat dici (placuit),Liv. 42, 37, 6.—
2. Abstract.
b. In partic.
(β). Nuntium uxori remittere or mittere, to send one's wife a letter of divorce, Cic. de Or. 1, 40, 183; 56, 238; id. Att. 1, 13, 3; Dig. 24, 2, 4; 24, 3, 22.—Also of a woman who separates from her husband, Cic. Top. 4, 19; App. M. 9, p. 230 med. —Of the annulling of a betrothment: “si invito patrono nuntium sponsa liberta remiserit,Dig. 23, 2, 45.—Of the rejection of the marriage contract by the parents and guardians: “ego adeo jam illi remittam nuntium adfini meo,Plaut. Truc. 4, 3, 74: “si puellae tutores ad infringenda sponsalia nuntium miserint,Dig. 23, 1, 6.—
(γ). Hence, transf.: “virtuti nuntium remittere,to renounce, Cic. Fam. 15, 16, 3.—
C. nuntĭa , ae, f., a female messenger, she that brings tidings: nuntia fulva Jovis, i. e. the eagle, Poët. ap. Cic. Leg. 1, 1, 2; cf. Liv. 1, 34: “historia nuntia vetustatis,Cic. de Or. 2, 9, 36: “vox nuntia cladis,Liv. 5, 50: “fama nuntia veri,Verg. A. 4, 188; Ov. P. 4, 4, 15: “plaga nuntia rerum,Lucr. 4, 704; cf. Val. Fl. 2, 141; B. 1. a. fin. supra.
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