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vel adv.

1 vel, or even, if you will, or indeed, even, assuredly, certainly: vel rex semper maxumas Mihi agebat gratias, T.: sed tamen vel regnum malo quam liberum populum: Vel Priamo miseranda manus, V.: ego vel Prochytam praepono Suburae, Iu.: populus R. suam auctoritatem vel contra omnīs possit defendere: timebant ne Romana plebs . . . vel cum servitute pacem acciperet, even if it should bring slavery, Cs.: existiment quod velint, ac vel hoc intellegant: quae non modo summa bona, sed nimirum audebo vel sola dicere: hoc ascensu vel tres armati quamlibet multitudinem arcuerint, L.: a plerisque vel dicam ab omnibus, I may even say.—With sup. of adj. or adv, perhaps, it may be, if you will: adulescens vel potentissimus nostrae civitatis: domus vel optima Messanae, notissima quidem certe, i. e. the most famous, if not the finest.—Intensive, the very, the utmost, the most . . . possible: hoc in genere nervorum vel minimum, suavitatis autem est vel plurimum, the very least . . . the utmost possible: vel extremo spiritu experiri, etc., with his very latest breath: cuius (sc. Hannibalis) eo tempore vel maxima apud regem auctoritas erat, L.: peculatus vel acerrime vindicandus, with the utmost severity.—Introducing a single instance, for instance, for example, as for example, in particular, especially: Vel heri in vino quam inmodestus fuisti, T.: sed suavīs accipio litteras, vel quas proxime acceperam, quam prudentīs!: est tibi ex his ipsis qui adsunt bella copia, vel ut a te ipso ordiare, i. e. especially if you begin with yourself.

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