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ăb-ŏlĕo , ēvi (ui), ĭtum, 2, v. a., orig. (in contrast with ad-oleo) retard or to check the growth of; hence, in a more extended sense, to destroy, efface, abolish; trop., to terminate, and, in the pass., to die, to decay (not before the Aug. period).
I. Lit.: “cuncta viri monumenta,Verg. A. 4, 497: “deum aedes vetustate aut igni abolitae,Tac. A. 2, 49; cf.: “corpus alicujus igni,” i. e. to burn, id. ib. 16, 6; so, “libros,Plin. Ep. 7, 19, 6: “Homeri carmina,Suet. Calig. 34 al.— In pass.: aboleri, to die (opp. nasci), Plin. 7, prooem. § 4.—Poet.: “viscera undis,to remove the poisonous flesh by washing, Verg. G. 3, 560.—
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