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mercēnārĭus (in old MSS. written mercennarius), a, um, adj. id.,
I.that does any thing for reward or pay; hired for money, wages, or pay; paid, hired, mercenary (opp. to gratuitus, without pay, gratuitous).
I. Adj.
A. Of persons: “comes,Cic. Pis. 21, 49: “miles,Liv. 24, 49: “testes,hired, bribed, Cic. Fam. 3, 11, 3: “praetor,Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 21, § 54.—
B. Of inanim. and abstr. things: “mercenaria arma,Liv. 30, 8: “liberalitas gratuitane est, an mercenaria?Cic. Leg. 1, 18, 48: “ancilla mercenariae stipis,Plin. 10, 63, 83, § 172: vincla, his hireling fetters, i. e. his salaried office of praeco, which kept him confined, Hor. Ep. 1, 7, 67. —
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