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ardesco , arsi, 3,
I.v. inch. [ardeo], to take fire, to kindle, to be inflamed (mostly poet. or in post-Aug. prose; not in Cic.; while exardesco is very freq.), lit. and trop.
II. Trop., to gleam, glitter.
A. Of rays of light: “fulmineis ardescunt ignibus undae,Ov. M. 11, 523.—
B. Of the gleaming of a sword: “pugionem in mucronem ardescere jussit,Tac. A. 15, 54.—
C. Most freq. of the passions, to be inflamed, become more intense, increase in violence: “ardescere dirā cuppedine,Lucr. 4, 1090; so id. 5, 897: “in iras,Ov. M. 5, 41 (cf. Verg. A. 7, 445: exarsit in iras, and Luc. 3, 134: “accensus in iram): in nuptias incestas,Tac. A. 11, 25: “ardescit tuendo,Verg. A. 1, 713: “stimulo ardescit,Plin. 8, 45, 70, § 181: “quibus haec rabies auctoribus arsit,Luc. 5, 359.—So, absol.: “fremitus ardescit equorum,Verg. A. 11, 607: “ardescente pugnā,Tac. H. 5, 18: in labiis ejus ignis ardescit, * Vulg. Prov. 16, 27.
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