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tĕpĕo , ēre, v. n. Sanscr. tap, to be warm; tapas, heat; O. H. Germ. damf, warm, be moderately warm, lukewarm, or tepid (very rare; not in Cic.; cf.: caleo, ferveo).
II. Trop.
A. To be warm or to glow with love, to be enamored: “quo (Lycidā) calet juventus Nunc omnis et mox virgines tepebunt,Hor. C. 1, 4, 20: “nescio quem sensi corde tepente deum,Ov. H. 11, 26.—
B. To be lukewarm, cool, cold; to be without ardor, indifferent in love, etc.: “saepe tepent alii juvenes: ego semper amavi,Ov. R. Am. 7; “so (opp. amare),id. Am. 2, 2, 53: affectus tepet, * Quint. 6, 1, 44.
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