We have, however, often to consider
what is a property of some given object; for example,
if it should be asserted, on the ground of etymology,
that the peculiar property of a tyrannicide is to kill
tyrants, we should deny it: for an executioner is not
ipso facto a tyrannicide, if he executes a tyrant who
has been delivered to him for the purpose, nor again
is he a tyrannicide who kills a tyrant unwittingly or
against his will.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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