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lux , lūcis (adverb. abl. luce, luci, and lucu, and in these old forms also used as m.;
I.v. infra; in Plaut. lux is usually m.; Brix ad Plaut. Capt. 5, 4, 11), f. luceo, light.
I. Lit.
1. In gen., the light of the sun and other heavenly bodies: “cum id solis luce videatur clarius,Cic. Div. 1, 3, 6; id. Tusc. 1, 37, 90; id. Cat. 1, 3; id. Cael. 9: “per umbras Stella facem ducens multā cum luce cucurrit,Verg. A. 2, 694: a lucifero donec lux occidat, till sunset, Juv, 13, 158. —The light, splendor, brightness of shining bodies: “viridi cum luce zmaragdi,Lucr. 4, 1126: “luce coruscus ahenā,Verg. A. 2, 470: “lucem non fundentes gemmae,Plin. 37, 7, 25, § 94: “ferri,Stat. Th. 8, 124.—
2. In partic., the light of day, daylight, day: “diurna,Lucr. 6, 848: “Metellus cum primā luce in campum currebat,Cic. Att. 4, 3, 4: “ante lucem,id. de Or. 2, 64, 259: “primā luce ad eum accurrit,at daybreak, dawn of day, Caes. B. G. 1, 22: “luce sub ipsā,on the very verge of day, Verg. G. 4, 490: “in luci,by day, Lucr. 4, 233: “luce reversā,Juv. 6, 312.—Hence,
b. In abl. adverb.: luce, luci, and (ante-class.) lucu, by daylight, in the daytime: “ut luce palam in foro saltet,Cic. Off. 3, 24, 93; so, “luce,id. Pis. 10, 23; Auct. Her. 4, 36, 48; Verg. A. 9, 153 al.: “nocte ac luce,Juv. 15, 43: “ut veniamus luci,Plaut. Cas. 4, 2, 7: “cum luci simul,id. Merc. 2, 1, 31: “luci claro,id. Aul. 4, 10, 18; cf. Non. 210, 9: “quis audeat luci,Cic. Phil. 12, 10, 25: “quodsi luce quoque canes latrent,id. Rosc. Am. 20, 56; Liv. 35, 4, 5: “cum primo lucu ibo hinc,Ter. Ad. 5, 3, 55: “cum primo luci,Plaut. Cist. 2, 1, 49.—
B. Transf.
1. The heavenly bodies: “illae, quae fulgent luces,Cic. Arat. 96.—
3. Life: “qui ab Orco mortuom me reducem in lucem feceris,Ter. Hec. 5, 4, 12: “corpora luce carentum,” i. e. of the dead, Verg. G. 4, 255; Sil. 13, 473; cf.: “simul atque editi in lucem sumus,Cic. Tusc. 3, 1, 2.—
5. A light, of an eminent man to whom all eyes turn: “Luce nihil gestum, nihil est Diomede remoto,Ov. M. 13, 100.—Of a beloved person: “o lux salve candida,Plaut. Mil. 4, 8, 34.—
II. Trop.
A. The sight of all men, the public view, the public, the world: “nec vero ille in luce modo, atque in oculis civium magnus sed intus domique praestantior,Cic. Sen. 4, 12: Isocrates forensi luce caruit, id. Brut. 8, 32: “familiam abjectam et obscu ram e tenebris in lucem vocare,id. Deiot. 11, 30: “res occultas aperire in lucemque proferre,id. Ac. 2, 19, 62.—
C. A light, an ornament: “hanc urbem, lucem orbis terrarum,Cic. Cat. 4, 6, 11: “genus sine luce,undistinguished, obscure, Sil. 8, 248.—
D. Light, illustration, elucidation: “historia testis temporum, lux veritatis,Cic. de Or. 2, 9, 36.—
E. That which enlightens, the source of illumination: ratio quasi quaedam lux lumenque vitae. Cic. Ac. 2, 8, 26; cf.: “ego sum lux mundi,Vulg. John, 8, 12; id. ib. 12, 26.
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