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obses (old orthogr. opses , in the first Epit. of the Scipios;
I.v. infra; Inscr. Spec. Epigr. p. 5, 11 Jahn), ĭdis (gen. plur. obsidium, Caes. B. G. 5, 27; 6, 9; Liv. 2, 13, 97), m. and f. ob-sedeo.
II. Transf., in gen., a surety, security, bail, pledge (syn.: “sponsor, vindex, vas, praes): Phocion se ejus rei obsidem fore, pollicitus est,to be surety, to answer for it, Nep. Phoc. 2, 4: “accipere aliquem obsidem nuptiarum,Cic. Clu. 66, 188: “conjugii,Ov. H. 2, 34: “rei,Nep. Phoc. 2, 4: dare obsides, with a foll. acc. and inf., to give a surety or guarantee: “tantum modo oratoribus Metellus obsides non dedit, se nullā in re Verri similem futurum,Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 53, § 124.—Also of inanim. subjects: “habemus a C. Caesare sententiam tamquam obsidem perpetuae in rem publicam voluntatis,Cic. Cat. 4, 5, 9; id. Cael. 32, 78; id. Clu. 30, 83; Quint. 12, 7, 3: “obsidem enim se animum ejus habere,Liv. 39, 47.
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