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con-fūto , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. futo, v. intens. from foveo, check or repress a boiling liquid, to suppress, restrain, check.
I. Prop.: cocus magnum ahenum quando fervit, paulā confutat truā, Titin. ap. Non. p. 87, 13 (Com. Rel. v. 128 Rib.); cf. Varr. ib. p. 87, 11.—Hence (far more freq.),
II. Trop.
A. In gen., to repress, diminish, impede, destroy, put to silence: nostras secundas res, Cato ap. Gell. 7, 3, 14: “maximos dolores inventorum suorum memoriā et recordatione,Cic. Tusc. 5, 31 88: “audaciam,id. Part. Or. 38, 134.—
B. In partic.
1. To put down by words, to put to silence, confute (so class.): sensus judjcum imperiosis comminationibus, Tiro ap. Gell. 7, 3, 13: “ego istos, qui nunc me culpant, confutaverim,Plaut. Truc. 2, 3, 28: “iratum senem verbis,Ter. Phorm. 3, 1, 13; cf. “dictis,id. Heaut. 5, 1, 76.—
3. In late Lat., to convict, Cod. Th. 11, 8, 1.—With inf.: “nocuisse quibusdam,Amm. 26, 3, 1: “tot suscepisse labores et pericula,id. 17, 9, 5.
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