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-spergo , si, sum, 3, v. a.,
I.to sprinkle over any thing; to besprinkle, bestrew (rare but class.).
I. Lit.: “praetoris oculos,Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 38, § 100: “manus, os, simulacrum sanguine,id. Rosc. Am. 24, 68: “morientium sanguine os uxoris respersum,id. Phil. 3, 2, 4; id. de Or. 3, 3, 10; cf.: “aliquem cruore,Liv. 21, 63: “sanguine dextram,Cat. 64, 230; Curt. 8, 3, 11: “comae respersae sanguine,Ov. F. 3, 452: caede fraternā juvenis respersus, Cat 64, 181; Suet. Ner. 12; id. Calig. 57: “se sanguine nefando,Liv. 1, 13: “quidquid fuerat mortale aquis,Ov. M. 14, 604: vino rogum ne respargito, Lex Numae ap. Plin. 14, 12, 14, § 88; cf. Fest. p. 262 Müll.: “alicubi labi necesse est, alicubi respergi,to be splashed, spattered, Sen. Ira, 3, 6: pelagus respergit, Att. ap. Cic. N. D. 2, 35, 89. — Poet.: cum primum Aurora respergit lumine terras, Lucr. ap. Macr. S. 6, 1, 25 (cf. spargit, Lucr. 2, 144): “nullā nube respersus jubar,” i. e. beclouded, dimmed, Sen. Herc. Oet. 723. — *
B. Transf., to spread out: “ut nux repercussa radicem respergat,Pall. Jan. 15, 15. —
II. Trop., to besprinkle, bespatter, defile, etc.: “servili probro respersus est,Tac. H. 1, 48: “aliquem infamiā,Quint. Decl. 18, 3.
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