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vŏluptas , ātis (
I.gen. plur. voluptatum and -tium), f. Gr. ἔλπω, to hope; root ϝελπ-; cf. volo, satisfaction, enjoyment, pleasure, delight (whether sensual or spiritual; syn. oblectamentum).
I. Lit.
B. Personified, Voluptas, as a deity, Cic. N. D. 2, 23, 61.—
II. Transf.
A. Of persons, as a term of endearment: “mea voluptas,my joy, my charmer, Plaut. Truc. 2, 4, 2: “care puer, mea sera et sola voluptas,Verg. A. 8, 581.—
B. Voluptates, sports, shows, spectacles, given to the people, Cic. Mur. 35, 74: “ne minimo quidem temporis voluptates intermissae,Tac. H. 3, 83; Vop. Aur. 34; id. Prob. 19; Treb. Gall. 9 al. —
C. The desire for pleasure, bent, passion: “suam voluptatem explere,Ter. Hec. 1, 1, 12; cf. Plaut. Am. prol. 19; cf. Gell. praef. § 14.—
D. The male semen, Arn. 5, 158; Hyg. Astr. 2, 13.
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