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ob-tentus (opt- ), ūs, m. obtendo.
I. A drawing, spreading, or placing before (poet. and post-Aug.).
B. Trop., a pretence, pretext, color (cf.: “simulatio, species): obtentum habere,Tac. A. 12, 7: “tempora reipublicae obtentui sumpta,assumed as a pretext, id. ib. 1, 10: “sub obtentu liberationis,Just. 5, 8, 12: “damnationis,Lact. 2, 4, 36: sub obtentu monituum deorum quaedam enuntiare, Mos. et Rom. Leg. Coll. 15, 3, 6.—
II. (Acc. to obtendo, II.) A covering, cover, veil (post-class.): “quia secundae res mire sunt vitiis optentui,Sall. H. 1, 41, 24: “vera sunt, quae loquuntur poëtae, sed obtentu aliquo specieque velata,disguise, allegorical dress, Lact. 1, 11: “non terror obtentui est,a hinderance, Nazar. Pan. Constant. 5.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (4):
    • Vergil, Aeneid, 11.66
    • Tacitus, Annales, 12.7
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 31.2
    • Gellius, Noctes Atticae, 11.18.14
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