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tardus , a, um, adj.,
I.slow, not swift, sluggish, tardy (freq. and class.; syn.: lentus, languidus).
b. Of things concr. and abstr.: “tardiores tibicinis modi et cantus remissiores,Cic. de Or. 1, 60, 254: “omnia tarda et spissa,id. Att. 10, 18, 2: “fumus,Verg. A. 5, 682: “frumenti tarda subvectio,Liv. 44, 8, 1: “poena tardior,Cic. Caecin. 3, 7; Quint. 7, 2, 42: “portenta deum tarda et sera nimis, Cic. poët. Div. 2, 30, 64: sic mihi tarda fluunt tempora,Hor. Ep. 1, 1, 23: “noctes,coming on late, Verg. G. 2, 482: “tardiora fata,Hor. Epod. 17, 62: “anne novum tardis sidus te mensibus addas,” i. e. to the long summer months, Verg. G. 1, 32: “nox,Ov. P. 2, 4, 26: “tarda Genua labant,Verg. A. 5, 432: “podagra,” i. e. that makes one move slowly, Hor. S. 1, 9, 32: “senectus,id. ib. 2, 2, 88; Tib. 2, 2, 19; cf. “passus,Ov. M. 10, 49: “abdomen,Juv. 4, 107: “onus,Sen. Phoen. 568: “sapor,” i. e. that lingers long on the palate, Verg. G. 2, 126: “lingua,Sen. Oedip. 293.—Poet., with gen.: “tardus fugae,delaying his flight, Val. Fl. 3, 547; and with inf.: “nectere tectos Numquam tarda dolos,Sil. 3, 234. —
II. Trop., slow of apprehension, dull, heavy, stupid.
A. In gen.: Ch. Prorsum nihil intellego. Sy. Hui, tardus es, Ter. Heaut. 4, 5, 28: “sensus hebetes et tardi,Cic. Ac. 1, 8, 31: “nimis indociles tardique,id. N. D. 1, 5, 12: “si qui forte sit tardior,id. de Or. 1, 28, 127: “tardi ingenii est, rivulos consectari, fontes rerum non videre,id. ib. 2, 27, 117: “tardo ingenio esse,id. Agr. 3, 2, 6: “mentes,id. Tusc. 5, 24, 68: “ingenium,Quint. 1, 3, 2.—
B. In partic., of speech or of a speaker, slow, not rapid, measured, deliberate: “in utroque genere dicendi principia tarda sunt,Cic. de Or. 2, 53, 213: “stilus,Quint. 10, 3, 5: “tardior pronuntiatio,id. 10, 7, 22: “tarda et supina compositio,id. 9, 4, 137: “tardus in cogitando,Cic. Brut. 59, 216: “Lentulus non tardus sententiis,id. ib. 70, 247.—Hence, adv.: tardē .
B. Late, not in time, not early, Pall. 11, 14, 3.—Sup.: “tardissime,at latest, Plin. 18, 7, 10, §§ 51 and 56: quam tardissime, as late as possible, Asin. Poll. ap. Cic. Fam. 10, 33, 1.
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