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strangŭlo , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a., = στραγγαλάω (cf. Varr. L. L. 6, § 96 Müll.),
I.to throttle, choke; and, in gen., to stifle, suffocate, strangle (syn. suffoco).
I. Lit. (class.): Domitium strangulavit, Cael. ap. Cic. Fam. 8, 15 fin.: “strangulata laqueo,Tac. A. 6, 25: “strangulatus in carcere,Plin. Ep. 2, 11, 8; Flor. 4, 1, 10: “venena quae strangulando necant,Plin. 20, 7, 26, § 63: “obesi difficultate spirandi strangulantur,Cels. 2, 1 fin.: “piro strangulatus,Suet. Claud. 27: “strangulatae in oleo ranae,Plin. 32, 10, 38, § 114: “cuniculos vapore,id. 33, 4, 21, § 71: “ne nimio sanguine stranguletur pecus,Col. 6, 38, 4; Cels. 4, 4: “volvam strangulati,Plin. 22, 13, 15, § 32: “sinus (togae) nec strangulet nec fluat,too closely drawn together, Quint. 11, 3, 140.—In an obscene double sense: si dicimus, Ille patrem strangulavit, honorem non praefamur. Sin de Aureliā aliquid aut Lolliā, honos praefandus est, * Cic. Fam. 9, 22, 4. —
2. Transf., of things: hedera arbores sugit et strangulat, chokes, i. e. kills, makes unfruitful, Plin. 16, 34, 62, § 152: “truncum,Col. 4, 26, 2: “sata,Quint. 8, prooem. § 23: “ solum,Plin. 17, 8, 4, § 46: “fauces tumentes strangulant vocem,choke, stifle, constrain, Quint. 11, 3, 20; so, “sonitum,Plin. 2, 43, 43, § 113.—Poet.: “non tibi sepositas infelix strangulat arca Divitias,” i. e. contains, Stat. S. 2, 2, 150.—
II. Trop., to torment, torture (poet. and in post-class. prose): “strangulat inclusus dolor atque exaestuat intus,Ov. Tr. 5, 1, 63: “voluptates in hoc nos amplectuntur, ut strangulent,Sen. Ep. 51, 13: “plures nimiā congesta pecunia curā Strangulat,Juv. 10, 12: venditor omnes causas, quibus strangulatur, exponat, i. e. is forced to the sale, Cod. Th. 12, 3, 1.
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