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penetrabile, ‘piercing.’ See R. § 379, Roby, § 876. The distinction between the so-called active and passive uses of these adjectives is little more than a difference of translation, the relation of the verbal notion contained in the adjective being in neither use defined as we necessarily define it in English. For the same word in the passive use cf. XII. 166, corpus nullo penetrabile telo, and for other instances of the active use, III. 358, resonabilis Echo, VI. 257, exitiabile telum, and see Munro on Lucr.i. 11. See also Trench, Select Glossary, s.v. awful, and cf. Milton, P.l. IX. 563, ‘how camest thou speakable of mute?’

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