previous next
mācĕro , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. prob. from root μαγ-, μάσσω, to knead; through an adj. mācerus; v. Corss. Ausspr. 1, 395; cf. also măcer,
I.to make soft or tender, to soften by steeping, to soak, steep, macerate (not in Cic. or Cæs.).
II. Transf., to weaken in body or mind, to waste away, enervate.
B. Of the mind, to fret, vex, torment, distress, torture, pain (syn.: “crucio, torqueo): egemet me concoquo et macero et defatigo,fret myself, Plaut. Trin. 2, 1, 2: “quor me excrucio? quor me macero? quor meam senectutem sollicito?Ter. And. 5, 3, 15; cf. id. Eun. 1, 2, 107: “noli te macerare,id. And. 4, 2, 2: “cura satis me lacrumis maceravi,Plaut. Capt. 5, 1, 8: “hoc me facinus miserum macerat,id. Mil. 3, 1, 21: infelix sollicitudo persequitur nec oratorem macerat et coquit, * Quint. 12, 10, 77: “quae vos macerent desiderio,Liv. 5, 54, 3; 26, 13, 8.—Poet., with a causal object-clause: “consimili ratione ab eodem saepe timore macerat invidia, ante oculos illum esse potentem,Lucr. 3, 75.— Mid., to vex, torment one's self: “maceror interdum, quod sim tibi causa dolendi,Ov. H. 2, 125: unum hoc maceror et doleo tibi deesse, Terenti, C. Caes. ap. Suet. Vit. Ter. fin.: ex desiderio magis magisque maceror, Afran. ap. Charis. p. 182 P.
hide Dictionary Entry Lookup
Use this tool to search for dictionary entries in all lexica.
Search for in
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: