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in-scrībo , psi, ptum, 3, v. a., write in or upon any thing, to inscribe (class.).
B. Transf., to furnish with an inscription: “statuae, quas tu inscribi jussisti,Cic. Verr. 2, 2, 69, § 167: aedes, to write on a house that it is for sale: “aedes venales hasce inscribit litteris,Plaut. Trin. 1, 2, 131; cf.: “aedes mercede,Ter. Heaut. 1, 1, 92: librum, to inscribe, give a title to a book: “eos (libellos) rhetoricos inscribunt,Cic. de Or. 3, 31, 122: in eo libro, qui Oeconomicus inscribitur, is entitled, id. Off. 2, 24, 87: “inscripta lintea,” i. e. curtains used as signs, Juv. 8, 168. — Hence, subst.: inscriptum , i, n., an inscription, title: alia inscripta nimis lepida, Gell. praef. 3. —
II. Trop.
A. In g e n.: “vitiis suis sapientiam inscribit,gives to his vices the name of wisdom, Sen. Vit. Beat. 12. —
B. In partic.
1. To ascribe, assign, attribute: “Epicurus, quia tantummodo induit personam philosophi, et sibi ipse hoc nomen inscripsit,has assigned, appropriated to himself, Cic. Tusc. 5, 26, 73: “deos sceleri,to ascribe crimes to the gods, Ov. M. 15, 128: “mea dextera leto Inscribenda tuo est,thy death is to be ascribed to my hand, id. ib. 10, 199.—
2. To make known, mark, as if by an inscription: “sua quemque deorum inscribit facies,Ov. M. 6, 74: “versā pulvis inscribitur hastā,Verg. A. 1, 478; cf.: “sua quemque deorum Inscribit facies,makes known, characterizes, Ov. M. 6, 74.—
3. To brand, place a brand upon: vultus. Plin. 18, 3, 4, § 21: “naufrago stigmata,Sen. Ben. 4, 37, 3: “inscripta ergastula,Juv. 14, 24.—
4. To subscribe an accusation (post-class.), Cod. 9, 35, 11.—
5. To write something over an old writing, so that the latter is no longer legible (post-class.): “de his, quae in testamento delentur, inducuntur, inscribuntur,Dig. 28, 4.
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