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at-trecto (adt- , Weissenb., Halm; att- , Ritschl, Rib., Kayser), āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. tracto, touch, handle, freq. in an unlawful manner (syn.: contrecto, tracto, tango, palpo).
II. Trop.: Facilis est illa occursatio et blanditia popularis; aspicitur, non attrectatur; “procul apparet, non excutitur (the figure is derived from paintings or other works of art),it is looked at, not touched, Cic. Planc. 12 Wund.—Also, to appropriate to one's self: “regias etiam adtrectamus gazas,Liv. 34, 4, 2: “fasces securesque,id. 28, 24: “indecorum, adtrectare quod non obtineret,Tac. A. 3, 52.—To feel after, seek to find (eccl. Lat.): “quaerere Deum, si forte attrectent eum,Vulg. Act. 17, 27.
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