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compărātĭo (conp- ), ōnis, f. 1. comparo,
I.a comparing, comparison (in good prose).
II. Esp.
A. A trial of skill, contention: “in comparationem se demittere,Suet. Rhet. 6.—
C. Translation of the Gr. ἀναλογία, Cic. Univ. 4 fin.; 5; 7.—*
D. An agreement, contract (v. 1. comparo, II. B.): “provincia sine sorte, sine comparatione, extra ordinem data,Liv. 6, 30, 3.—
E. Of animals, a coupling, pairing: “boum,Col. 6, 2, 13.—
F. In rhet.: “criminis,a defensive comparison of a crime with a good deed, on account of which the crime was committed, Cic. Inv. 1, 11, 15; 2, 24, 72; Auct. Her. 1, 14, 24; 1, 15, 25.—
G. In gram.
1. A climax, Don. p. 1745 P.—
2. The comparative degree, Quint. 1, 5, 45.
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