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con-scisco , scīvi or scĭi, scītum, 3, v. a.
I. Publicists' t. t., to approve of, decree, determine or resolve upon something in common: “populi jussa vetita quom suffragio consciscentur,Cic. Leg. 3, 3, 10: “Senatus populi Romani Quiritium censuit, consensit, conscivit ut bellum cum priscis Latinis fieret, etc. (an old formula for the declaration of war),Liv. 1, 32, 13: “Tusci fere omnes consciverant bellum,had decided upon, decreed, id. 10, 18, 2: “communi consilio fugam,id. 10, 34, 13: “facinus in se ac suos foedum ac ferum,id. 28, 22, 5 Weissenb. ad loc.: “causam,Gell. 5, 10, 9 (not consistere; cf. Lachm. ad Lucr. p. 349).—Hence,
II. Transf. from the sphere of state affairs; aliquid sibi or absol.; lit., to adjudge, appropriate to one's self (cf. ascisco); hence, with the access. idea of personal action, to inflict or bring upon one's self (most frequently death;—class.).
(β). Without sibi: “letum,Plaut. Mil. 4, 6, 26: “mortem,Liv. 9, 26, 7: “necem,Suet. Claud. 31, n. 3: fugam, to flee, Liv. 10, 34, 13; 33, 48, 10; Tac. H. 3, 9: “caecitatem,Gell. 10, 17, 2.—Pass.: “consciscenda mors voluntaria,Cic. Fam. 7, 3, 3: “de consciscendā nece cogitare,Suet. Caes. 36: “nece conscitā,Plin. 36, 15, 24, § 107 (in Nep. Alcib. 11, 1, conscierunt is a false read. for consentiunt or conspirant; cf. Nipperd. Spicil. ap. Corn. Nep. p. 37 sq.).
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