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-spīro , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. and n.
I. Lit., to blow or breathe back; to breathe out, exhale (class.; esp. in the trop. signif.): “quod nisi respirent venti, vis nulla refrenet Res ... nunc quia respirant, etc.,Lucr. 6, 568 sq.: “cum aspera arteria ad pulmones usque pertineat excipiatque animam eam, quae ducta sit spiritu eandemque a pulmonibus respiret et reddat,Cic. N. D. 2, 54, 136: “ex pars redditur respirando,id. ib. 2, 55, 138: “malignum aëra,to exhale, send forth, Stat. S. 2, 2, 78; cf. id. ib. 2, 4, 35; and poet.: “fistula,” i. e. to sound, Calp. Ecl. 4, 74.—
II. Transf., in gen., to take breath; to breathe, respire (only neutr.).
B. Trop., to fetch one's breath again, to recover breath; to recover, revive, be relieved or refreshed after any thing difficult (as labor, care, etc.); constr. absol. or ab aliquā re.
2. Transf., twice in Cic., of the exertion or passion itself, to abate, diminish, cease (syn.: “remittere, cessare): oppugnatio respiravit,Cic. Phil. 8, 7, 20: “cupiditas atque avaritia respirasset,id. Quint. 16, 53.
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