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pĕnĭtus , a, um, adj. root pa- of pasco; v. penates,
I.inward, inner, interior (ante- and post-class.): “exscrea usque ex penitis faucibus,Plaut. As. 1, 1, 28: “scaturigo fontis,App. M. 6, p. 178, 33: “mente penitā conditum,id. ib. 11, p. 259, 38.—Comp. penitior pars domūs, App. Fragm. ap. Prisc. p. 599 P.—Sup.: “advecta ex Arabiā penitissimā,Plaut. Pers. 4, 3, 53; so id. ib. 4, 3, 71: “in latebras abscondas pectore penitissimo,id. Cist. 1, 1, 65: “Scythae illi penitissimi,the most remote, Gell. 9, 4, 6: “de Graecorum penitissimis litteris,Macr. S. 5, 19. —As subst.: pĕnĭta , ōrum, n., the inmost parts: “mundi,Mart. Cap. 1, § 9: “terrae,id. 6, § 600: “sacri loci,Jul. Val. Rer. Gest. Alex. 3, 43.—Hence, adv., in two forms.
A. pĕnĭtē (poet. and post-class.), inwardly, internally, Cat. 61, 178.—Sup.: “penitissime,Sid. Ep. 4, 9.—
B. pĕnĭtus (class. ), inwardly, internally, in the inside (cf.: prorsus, omnino).
1. Lit.
a. In gen. (only poet.): “extra penitusque coacti Exagitant venti, Sev. Aetn. 317: penitusque deus, non fronte notandus,Manil. 4, 309.—
(β). Trop., deeply, far within. from the innermost depths or recesses: “penitus ex intimā philosophiā hauriendam juris disciplinam putas,from the very depths of philosophy, Cic. Leg. 1, 5, 17: “opinio tam penitus insita,so deeply rooted, id. Clu. 1, 4: “bene penitus sese dare in familiaritatem alicujus,Cic. Verr. 2, 2, 70, § 169: “periculum penitus in venis et visceribus rei publicae,in the very heart, id. Cat. 1, 13, 31: “demittere se penitus in causam,id. Att. 7, 12, 3.—
2. Transf. (qs. through and through, to the bottom of a thing, i. e.), thoroughly, completely, wholly, entirely, utterly (class.): “caput et supercilia penitus abrasa,Cic. Rosc. Com. 7, 20: “utrum hic confirmasse videtur religionem an penitus totam sustulisse?id. N. D. 1, 42, 119: “res penitus perspectae,id. de Or. 1, 23, 108: “penitus pernoscere omnes animorum motus,id. ib. 1, 5, 17: “quod in memoriā meā penitus insederit,id. ib. 2, 28, 122: “intellegere aliquid,id. Att. 8, 12, 1: “amittere hanc consuetudinem et disciplinam,id. Off. 2, 8, 27: “diffidere rei publicae,id. Fam. 5, 13, 5: “perdere se ipsos,id. Fin. 1, 15, 49: te penitus rogo ne, etc., Q. Cic. ap. Cic. Fam. 16, 8, 1: “penitus toto divisos orbe Britannos,Verg. E. 1, 66: “dilecta penitus,Hor. C. 1, 21, 4.— Hence, to strengthen the comp.: “penitus crudelior,far more, Prop. 1, 16, 17.—To strengthen the sup.: “vir penitus Romano nomini infestissimus,Vell. 2, 27, 1.
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