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plăcĕo , cŭi and cĭtus, cĭtum, 2, v. n. (
I.part. fut. pass.: “dos placenda,Plaut. Trin. 5, 2, 35; v. I. A. fin.) [cf. placo], to please, to be pleasing or agreeable, to be welcome, acceptable, to satisfy (class.).
I. Lit.
B. In partic.
1. In scenic lang., of players or pieces presented, to please, find favor, give satisfaction: “primo actu placeo, Ter. Hec. prol. alt. 31: cui scenico placenti,Suet. Ner. 42; id. Galb. 12; id. Vit. 11: “populo ut placerent quas fecisset fabulas,Ter. And. prol. 3; “id. Hec. prol. alt. 12: ubi (fabulae) sunt cognitae, Placitae sunt,id. ib. 13.—
2. Placere sibi, to be pleased or satisfied with one's self, to flatter one's self, to pride or plume one's self: “ego numquam mihi minus quam hesterno die placui,Cic. de Or. 2, 4, 15: “nolo tibi tam valde placeas,Petr. 126; Plin. 35, 9, 36, § 63: “tu tibi tunc curruca places,Juv. 6, 276: “omnes competitores placebant sibi, omnes omnibus displicebant,Sid. Ep. 7, 9.—
II. Transf.: placet mihi (tibi, etc.), or simply placet, it pleases me, it seems good, right, or proper to me; it is my opinion, I am of opinion, I hold, believe, intend, purpose; and in perf., placuit, or placitum est, it is decided, resolved, determined (mihi, nobis, etc., or absol.).
A. In gen.
(β). Without dat., Cic. Rep. 1, 46, 70: “sed, si placet, in hunc diem hactenus,id. ib. 2, 44, 71; id. Sest. 51: “placitum est, ut in aprico maxime pratuli loco considerent,id. Rep. 1, 12, 18.—With neutr. pron. as subj.: “hocine placet?Plaut. Am. 1, 3, 16.—With subj.: “placuit ad hunc primum ferremus aditum,App. M. 4, 9.—With subject-clause: “placet enim esse quiddam in re publicā praestans et regale, etc.,Cic. Rep. 1, 45, 69; 1, 36, 56: “si enim pecunias aequari non placet,id. ib. 1, 32, 49: “hos corripi placitum,Tac. A. 4, 19; 6, 7; Hor. S. 1, 3, 96.—
B. In partic.
1. In publicists' lang., to resolve, will, order, determine: “senatui placere, ut C. Pansa, etc.,Cic. Phil. 14, 14, 38: “senatui placere, C. Cassium, etc.,id. ib. 11, 12, 30: “deliberatur de Avarico in communi concilio, incendi placeret an defendi,Caes. B. G. 7, 15: “quamobrem placitum est mihi, ut, etc.,Cic. Att. 8, 12, A, § “4: edixit, mulieres ante horam quintam venire in theatrum non placere,Suet. Aug. 44 fin.; cf.: “quid placeat, die,your decision, Juv. 10, 338.—
2. Si dis placet, please the gods; and in eccl. writers: “Deo placere,Vulg. Num. 23, 27; v. deus.— Hence, *
A. plăcens , entis, P. a., pleasing, charming, dear: “expetendum esse quod non placens sit,Cic. Fin. 3, 8: “placens uxor,Hor. C. 2, 14, 21.—Acceptable: “hostia placens Deo,Vulg. Phil. 4, 18: “sibi placentes,self-willed, id. 2 Pet. 2, 10.—
B. plăcĭtus , a, um, P. a., pleasing, agreeable, acceptable (mostly poet.): “placita es simplicitate tuā,you are pleasing, you please, Ov. Am. 2, 4, 18: “oliva,Verg. G. 2, 425: “amor,id. A. 4, 38: “bona,Ov. H. 17, 98: “in locum ambobus placitum exercitus conveniunt,Sall. J. 81, 1: “artes,Tac. A. 2, 66: “exemplum,id. ib. 4, 37: “eum (regem creari) quasi placitissimum diis. qui, etc.,Just. 18. 3. 9 (the reading acceptissimum is a later emendation).—Abl. absol.: sic placito ocius surrexit. App. M. 2, 24: “placiti dies,appointed days, Vulg. 1 Reg. 13, 11.—
2. Subst.: plăcĭtum , i, n.
a. Prop., that which is pleasing or agreeable: “ultra placitum laudare,more than is agreeable, Verg. E. 7, 27.—
b. Transf.
(α). An opinion, sentiment (post-Aug.): “Catonis placita de olivis,Plin. 15, 5, 6, § 20.—
(β). A determination, prescription, order: “medicorum placita,Plin. 14, 22, 28, § 143.—
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