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rĕfūto , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. root fu-; Gr. χυ-, χεϝω, χεῦμα; cf.: “fundo, futtilis,Georg Curtius Gr. Etym. p. 204 sq., check, drive back, repress.
II. Trop., to repel, repress, resist, restrain, oppose (freq. and class.; syn.: reicio, reprimo).
A. In gen.: “virtutem aspernari ac refutare,Cic. Rab. Post. 16, 44: “refutetur ac reiciatur ille clamor,id. Tusc. 2, 33, 55: “alicujus cupiditatem,id. Fam. 1, 9, 25: vitam, to contemn, Sall. Fragm. ap. Serv. ad Verg. G. 4, 218 (H. 1, 73 Dietsch); cf.: “temporis munera,Quint. 10, 6, 6: “alicujus libidinem,Cic. de Or. 3, 1, 4: “nummum,Sol. 22 med.: “ad mortem si te (Fors dicta refutet!) Prodiderim,may fate avert, Verg. A. 12, 41.—
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