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vĕtustus , a, um, adj. vetus,
I.that has existed a long time, aged, old, ancient (in the posit. mostly poet., and almost exclusively of things; for the comp. vetustior, v. vetus): “veteris vetusti (vini) cupida sum,Plaut. Curc. 1, 2, 4: “templum Cereris,Verg. A. 2, 713: “lucus,Ov. M. 11, 360: “silva,id. ib. 6, 521: “ligna,Hor. Epod. 2, 43: “gens,Verg. A. 9, 284: “cornicum saecla,Lucr. 5, 1084: “spatium aetatis,id. 2, 1174; 3, 774, cf. id. 5, 827: “ratio,id. 5, 160: “res,Quint. 11, 2, 5: “opinio,Cic. Clu. 1, 4: “hospitium,id. Fam. 13, 36, 1: “amicitia,Ov. P. 4, 3, 11: “sors,id. M. 4, 642.—Of a person: “vetusto nobilis ab Lamo,Hor. C. 3, 17, 1.—Comp.: “pix,Col. 12, 23, 1: “ova,id. 8, 5, 4: “memoria,Plin. 13, 16, 30, § 102: “semen,id. 21, 19, 73, § 124.—Sup.: “sepulcra,Suet. Caes. 81: “navis,id. ib. 66: “foedera,Quint. 8, 2, 12: “tempora,id. 1, 7, 11: “instrumentum imperii,ancient records of the State, Suet. Vesp. 8.—Of persons: “qui vetustissimus ex iis, qui viverent, censoriis esset,Liv. 23, 22, 10: “auctores,Quint. 10, 1, 40: vetustissimus liberorum. Tac. A. 2, 2; 2, 43; 11, 32.—Adv.: vĕtustē . *
1. After the manner of the ancients, Ascon. ad. Cic. Verr. 1, 47; 2, 13. —
2. From ancient times: “vetustissime in usu est,Plin. 27, 7, 28, § 46.
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