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perfringo , frēgi, fractum, 3, v. a. perfrango, break through, to break or dash in pieces, to shiver, shatter (class.).
I. Lit.
B. In partic., to break or burst through, to force one's way through any obstacle: “hostium phalangem,Caes. B. G. 1, 25: “aciem,Sil. 9, 362: “muros,Tac. H. 3, 20: “domos,to break into, id. ib. 4, 1.—
II. Trop.
A. To break through, violate, infringe: “decreta senatūs,Cic. Mil. 32, 87: “leges,id. Cat. 1, 7, 18: “ac prosternere omnia cupiditate ac furore,id. Clu. 6, 15.—
B. To break or burst through: omnia repagula juris, pudoris et officii perfringere. Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 15, § 39: “perfringere et labefactare tantam conspirationem bonorum omnium,id. Cat. 4, 10, 22: “animos suavitate,to affect powerfully, id. Brut. 9, 38.—Absol.: “haec (eloquentia) modo perfringit, modo irrepit in sensus,Cic. Or. 28, 97.
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