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ŏpĕrĭo , ŭi, ertum, 4 (archaic
I.fut. operibo: ego operibo caput, Pompon. ap. Non. 507, 33; imperf. operibat, Prop. 4, 12, 35), v. a. pario, whence the opp. aperio, to uncover; cf. paro, to cover, cover over any thing (class.; syn.: tego, velo, induo).
I. Lit.
B. Transf., to shut, close (syn.: “claudo, praecludo, obsero): fores,Plaut. Men. 2, 3, 1: “ostium,Ter. Heaut. 5, 1, 33: “iste opertā lecticā latus est,Cic. Phil. 2, 41, 106: oculos, to shut, close (opp. patefacere), Plin. 11, 37, 55, § 150; cf.: “opertos compressosve (oculos),Quint. 11, 2, 76.—
II. Trop.
1. To hide, conceal, keep from observation, dissemble: “quo pacto hoc operiam?Ter. Hec. 4, 4, 6 Bentl. (al. aperiam): “non in oratione operiendā sunt quaedam,Quint. 2, 13, 12: “quotiens dictu deformia operit,id. 8, 6, 59; cf. id. 5, 12, 18: “luctum,Plin. Ep. 3, 16, 6: “domestica mala tristitia,Tac. A. 3, 18.—
2. To overwhelm, burden, as with shame, etc. (only in part. perf. pass.): “contumeliis opertus,loaded, overwhelmed, Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 50, § 111; cf.: “judicia operta dedecore et infamiā,id. Clu. 22, 61: “infamiā,Tac. H. 3, 69.—
3. Of sin, to atone for, cover, cause to be forgotten (eccl. Lat.): “qui converti fecerit peccatorem, operiet multitudinem peccatorum,Vulg. Jac. 5, 20; id. 1 Pet. 4, 8.—ŏpertus , a, um, P. a., hidden, concealed (class.): “operta quae fuere, aperta sunt,Plaut. Capt. 3, 3, 9: “res,Cic. Fin. 2, 2, 5: “operta bella,Verg. G. 1, 465: “cineres,Hor. C. 2, 8, 9: “hamum,id. S. 1, 16, 50.—As subst.: ŏpertum , i, n., a secret place or thing, a secret; an ambiguous answer, dark oracle, etc.: “Apollinis operta,the dark, ambiguous oracles, Cic. Div. 1, 50, 115: “telluris operta subire,the depths, Verg. A. 6, 140: opertum Bonae Deae, the secret place or secret service, Cic. Par. 4, 2, 32: “litterarum,a secret, Gell. 17, 9, 22.—Adv.: ŏpertē , covertly, figuratively (post-class.): “operte et symbolice,Gell. 4, 11, 10.
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