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vasto , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. id.; hence, Ital. guastar, and Fr. gāter, make empty or vacant, to leave untenanted or uninhabited, to desert.
I. Lit. (rare but class.): “lex erat lata de vastato ac relicto foro,Cic. Sest. 24, 53: “vastati agri sunt,Liv. 3, 32, 2: “venator vastata lustra fugit,” i.e. destitute of game, Val. Fl. 1, 480: pati terram stirpium asperitate vastari, to lie waste or untilled, Cic. N. D. 2, 39, 99.—
II. Transf., to empty or deprive of inhabitants, to lay waste, desolate, ravage, devastate; to ruin, destroy (the predom. signif. of the word; syn.: populor, vexo).
B. Trop.: “ita conscientia mentem excitam vastabat,harassed, perplexed, Sall. C. 15, 5.
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