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dēspectus , ūs, m. despicio.
I. A looking down upon; hence, a view or prospect from an elevated place (repeatedly in Caes.; elsewh. rare; “not in Cic.): erat ex oppido Alesia despectus in campum,Caes. B. G. 7, 79, 3: “in mare,id. ib. 3, 14 fin.: “sub terras,Lucr. 4, 417: “qua longe pelago despectus aperto,Stat. Th. 5, 351.—In plur., concr., points of view, heights: “cum ex omnibus partibus altissimas rupes despectusque haberet (oppidum),Caes. B. G. 2, 29, 3.—
II. Transf. (only dat.), a spectacle, an object of contempt: “despectui me habet,Vulg. Gen. 16, 5; id. 2 Esdr. 4, 4.—
B. A despising, contempt: “ludibrio et despectui esse oppositum,Auct. Her. 4, 39, 51.
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