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vĕnustus , a, um, adj. 1. Venus,
I.lovely, comely, charming, pleasing, winning, agreeable, graceful, beautiful, elegant, etc. (syn.: pulcher, formosus, speciosus).
II. Mentally: “Graecus facilis et valde venustus,Cic. Pis. 28, 70: “plerumque dolor etiam venustos facit,Plin. Ep. 3, 9, 3: venustum esse, quod cum gratiā quādam et venere dicatur apparet, Quint. 6, 3, 18: “(genus dictionis) sententiosum et argutum, sententiae concinnae et venustae,Cic. Brut. 95, 325: “(antiqua comoedia) grandis et elegans et venusta,Quint. 10, 1, 65: “transitus,id. 9, 2, 61.—Comp.: “homines venustiores,Cat. 3, 1: “longe venustiora omnia in respondendo quam in provocando,Quint. 6, 3, 13.—Sup.: “repercutiendi genus venustissimum,Quint. 6, 3, 78: “materia,id. 6, 3, 84: “lusus,id. 5, 13, 46.—Adv.: vĕnustē , charmingly, gracefully, beautifully: venuste cecidisse, most delightfully, Cael. ap. Cic. Fam. 8, 4, 2: “dicere,Quint. 6, 3, 54: “respondere,id. 5, 7, 31: “eludere,id. 5, 13, 48: “scribere mimiambos,Plin. Ep. 6, 21, 4.— Comp.: “Hispanus hunc colorem venustius (adhibuit),Sen. Contr. 1, 1, 20.—Sup.: quibus venustissime Curio respondit, se, etc., Cael. ap. Cic. Fam. 8, 11, 2: “omnia venustissime fingere,Quint. 6, 3, 41.
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