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at-tĕnŭo (adt- , Lachm., Merk., Weissenb.; att- , Kayser, K. and H., L. Müller), āvi, ātum, 1, v. a.,
I.to make thin or weak; to thin, attenuate; to weaken, enfeeble; to lessen, diminish.
II. Trop.: “curas lyrā,Ov. Tr. 4, 1, 16; 4, 6, 18: “luctus,Albin. ad Liv. 342: “insignem attenuat deus,brings low, abases, Hor. C. 1, 34, 13: “attenuabit omnes deos terrae,Vulg. Soph. 2, 11: hujusmodi partes sunt virtutis amplificandae, si suadebimus; attenuandae, si ab his dehortabimur, Auct. ad. Her. 3, 3, 6: “attenuabitur gloria Jacob,Vulg. Isa. 17, 4.—Hence, attĕnŭātus (adt- ), a, um, P. a., enfeebled, weakened, reduced, weak.
I. Lit.: “adtenuatus amore,Ov. M. 3, 489: continuatione laborum, August. ap. Suet. Tib. 21: fortuna rei familiaris attenuatissima, Auct. ad Her. 4, 41: “voce paululum attenuatā,with a voice a little suppressed, id. ib. 3, 14: “acuta atque attenuata nimis acclamatio,id. ib. 12, 21.—Comp. not in use. —Sup.: fortunae familiares attenuatissimae, Auct. ad Her. 4, 41, 53.—
II. Trop.
A. Feeble, destitute, poor (eccl. Lat.): “Siattenuatus frater tuus vendiderit etc.,Vulg. Lev. 25, 25; 25, 35; 25, 47; ib. 2 Esdr. 5, 18. —
B. Esp., of discourse.
1. Shortened, brief: ipsa illa [pro Roscio] juvenilis redundantia multa habet attenuata, Cic. Or. 30, 108.—
2. Too much refined, affected: “itaque ejus oratio nimiā religione attenuata doctis et attente audientibus erat illustris,hence his discourse was so delicately formed, through excessive scrupulousness, Cic. Brut. 82.—
3. Meagre, dry, without ornament: attenuata (oratio) est, quae demissa est usque ad usitatissimam puri sermonis consuetudinem, Auct. ad Her. 4, 8: “attenuata verborum constructio,id. ib. 4, 10, 15.—* Adv.: at-tenuātē , simply: “attenuate presseque dicere,Cic. Brut. 55, 201.
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