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vendo , dĭdi, dĭtum, 3, v. a. contr. from venum-do, venundo; v. 2. venus, sell, vend.
II. Trop., to sell or give up any thing for money, to betray: “cum te trecentis talentis regi Cotto vendidisses ... quorum omnium capita regi Cotto vendidisti,Cic. Pis. 34, 84: “ut modo se his, modo vendat illis,id. Har. Resp. 22, 47: “vendidit hic auro patriam,sold, betrayed, Verg. A. 6, 621: “suffragia nulli,Juv. 10, 78: “sua funera,” i. e. to expose one's life for hire, id. 8, 192: “animam lucro,Pers. 6, 75: “verba sollicitis reis,Mart. 5, 16, 6: “hoc ridere meum tam nil, nullā tibi vendo Iliade,I will not sell it thee for an Iliad, Pers. 1, 122.—
B. Transf., to cry up, trumpet, blazon, praise a thing (as if offering it for sale): “Ligarianam praeclare vendidisti,Cic. Att. 13, 12, 2: “vendit poëma,Hor. Ep. 2, 1, 75: “at tu qui Venerem docuisti vendere primus,Tib. 1, 4, 59: “te peregrinis vendere muneribus,Prop. 1, 2, 4: “purpura vendit Causidicum, vendunt amethystina,recommend, Juv. 7, 135.!*? The classical passive of vendo is veneo (q. v.), acc. to Diom. p. 365 P. In prose of the golden period, no passive forms of vendo are found, except the partt. venditus and vendendus; but from the time of Seneca the pres. and imperf. pass. are freq.; e. g. Sen. Contr. 1, 2, § 7; Just. 11, 4, 8; 34, 2, 6; Spart. Had. 18, § 8; Lampr. Alex. Sev. 45; Diom. p. 365 P.
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