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prō-pugno , āvi, ātum, 1, v. n. and
I. To rush out to fight, go forth to fight, to make sallies or sorties: “ipsi ex silvis rari propugnabant,Caes. B. G. 5, 9; cf. id. ib. 2. 7; id. B. C. 2, 8.—
II. To fight or contend for, to defend a thing (class.; syn.: tutor, defendo).
(β). With dat. (post-class.): “propugnare fratri,App. M. 9, p. 234, 28: “puero misello,id. ib. 7, p. 200, 13.—
B. Trop.: “pro aequitate,Cic. Off. 1, 19, 62: “pro salute,id. Fam. 11, 16, 2.—With acc. (post-Aug.), to defend: “absentiam suam,Suet. Caes. 23: “dum quae libidine deliquerant, ambitu propugnant,Tac. A. 13, 31 fin.; 15, 13: “pectora parmā,Stat. Th. 2. 584; 4, 110.
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