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incrēmentum , i, n. incresco,
I.growth, increase, augmentation (class.).
I. Lit., of plants and animals: “quid ego vitium satus, ortus, incrementa commemorem?Cic. Sen. 15, 52: “ponendae sunt plantae majoris incrementi,Pall. Feb. 24, 7; 25, 22: “parvi incrementi animalia,Col. 8, 15, 6 al.
B. Transf.
1. Concr., i. q. suboles, progeny or foster-child (poet.): “magnum Jovis,Verg. E. 4, 49; “so of recruits: incremento novari,Curt. 5, 1, 23; cf. poet.: supponere vipereos dentes, populi incrementa futuri, Ov. M. 3, 103.—
2. That which promotes growth (late Lat.): “alitudo (est) incrementum corporis, alimentum incrementum infantis,Fronto, p. 2198 P.—
II. Trop., increase, augmentation, increment, addition: “summo bono afferre incrementum,Cic. Fin. 2, 27, 88: “virtus tua semper in incremento erit,Curt. 9, 3: “illis incrementis (dignitatis), fecit viam,Vell. 2, 51: “injuriae, quarum in dies incremento bellum exarsit,Liv. 40, 58, 2: “multitudinis,id. 21, 7, 3: “existimatus initium et causa incrementorum patri fuisse,Suet. Vit. 3: “magnorum praefectorum et ducum haec incrementa sunt et rudimenta,” i. e. the young sons of persons of distinction, who grew up to be prefects and generals, Curt. 5, 1, 24: domus, additions to one's estate, Juv. 14, 259.— As a rhet. fig., an advancing from weaker to stronger expressions, an ascending towards a climax (Gr. αὔξησις), Quint. 8, 4, 3; id. ib. § 28.
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