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prae-rumpo , rūpi, ruptum, 3, v. a.,
I.to break or tear off before or in front (class.): “retinacula classis,Ov. M. 14, 547: “funes praerumpebantur,were broken off, Caes. B. G. 3, 14: “uncus praerumpitur,Col. 3, 18, 2. —
II. Trop., to wrench, tear to pieces (late Lat.): “purgativa medicamina praerumpunt corpora,Cael. Aur. Acut. 2, 21, 128.—Hence, prae-ruptus , a, um, P. a., broken or torn off; hence, of places, steep, abrupt, rugged (syn.: abscisus, abruptus).
B. Trop., hasty, rash, precipitate (post-Aug.).
1. Of persons: “juvenis animo praeruptus,Tac. A. 16, 7.—
2. Of things: “praerupta audacia, tanta temeritas ut non procul abhorreat ab insaniā,Cic. Rosc. Am. 24, 68: “dominatio,hard, stern, Tac. A. 5, 3: “praeruptum atque anceps periculum,critical, extreme, Vell. 2, 2, 3: “seditio,dangerous, Dig. 28, 3, 6.—Hence, praerūpium , ii, n. prae - rupes, the rocky wall, line, or wall of rocks (late Lat.): “fluminis,App. Mag. 8, p. 278 med. (dub.; al. praeripia, q. v.); Serv. Verg. A. 6, 704; sing., Tert. adv. Marc. 4, 38.
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