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af-flo (better adf- ), āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. and n.
I. Lit., to blow or breathe on; constr. with acc. or dat.—Of the air: “udam (fabam) ventus adflavit,Plin. 18, 17, 44, § 155: “adflantur vineta noto,Stat. S. 5, 1, 146: “crinem sparsum cervicibus adflare,Ov. M. 1, 542: “adflatus aurā,Suet. Tib. 72. —Also of other things which exert an influence upon bodies, like a current of air; e. g. fire, light, vapor, etc.: et calidum membris adflare vaporem, and breathe a glow (lit. a warm vapor) upon our limbs, Lucr. 5, 508: “veiut illis Canidia adflāsset,Hor. S. 2, 8, 95: “nos ubi primus equis oriens adflavit anhelis,Verg. G. 1, 250; cf. id. A. 5, 739: “ignibus (fulminum) adflari,Ov. Tr. 1, 9, 22: “adflati incendio,touched, scorched, Liv. 30, 6: “flammā ex Aetnā monte,id. Fragm. Serv. ad Verg. G. 1, 472.—So, adflari sidere = siderari, to be seized with torpor or paralysis (v. sideror and sideratio), Plin. 2, 41, 41, § 108: “odores, qui adflarentur e floribus,were wafted, exhaled, Cic. Sen. 17; Prop. 3, 27, 17.—
II. Trop., to blow or breathe to or on.
A. As v. act., to bear or bring to; constr. alicui aliquid: “sperat sibi auram posse aliquam adflari voluntatis,Cic. Verr. 2, 1, 13: “rumoris nescio quid adflaverat, frequentiam non fuisse,id. Att. 16, 5: alicui aliquid mali faucibus adflare, Auct. ad Her. 4, 49.—So poet.: adflare alicui honores, to breathe beauty upon one, i. e. to impart to, Verg. A. 1, 591: “indomitis gregibus Venus adflat amores,Tib. 2, 4, 57.—
B. As v. neutr., to be favorable to, to be friendly or propitious to: “Felix, cui placidus leniter adflat Amor,Tib. 2, 1, 80.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (14):
    • Cicero, Letters to Atticus, 16.5
    • Cicero, Against Verres, 2.1.34
    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, 1.542
    • Vergil, Aeneid, 1.591
    • Vergil, Aeneid, 5.739
    • Vergil, Georgics, 1.250
    • Horace, Satires, 2.8.95
    • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 5.508
    • Suetonius, Tiberius, 72
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 2.108
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 30, 6
    • Cicero, De Senectute, 17
    • Ovid, Tristia, 1.9
    • Statius, Silvae, 5.1
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