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aspīrātĭo (adsp- ), ōnis, f. id..
I. In gen.
A. Lit., a blowing or breathing to or upon: animantes adspiratione aëris sustinentur, by the blowing or breathing of the air (not by respiration, as it is commonly rendered), Cic. N. D. 2, 33, 83: “ventorum,Lact. 7, 3 fin.
B. Trop.: “superni numinis,favor, Amm. 15, 2.—Hence,
II. Esp.
A. Evaporation, exhalation: “quae omnia fiunt et ex caeli varietate et ex disparili adspiratione terrarum,Cic. Div. 1, 36, 79; 1, 57, 130.—
B. In gram., the enunciation of a word with an h sound, a breathing, aspiration: “ita majores locutos esse, ut nusquam nisi in vocali aspiratione uterentur,Cic. Or. 48, 160: “per aspirationem apud nos potest quaeri, an in scripto sit vitium, si h littera est, non nota,Quint. 1, 5, 19; 1, 4, 9 Spald.; 1, 6, 21; 6, 3, 55 al.; cf. Apul. de Nota Aspirat. Osann.—Hence meton., the aspirate, i.e. the letter H itself, Prisc. p. 547; 1038 al.; Phoc. Aspir. p. 1721 sq. P.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (5):
    • Cicero, de Natura Deorum, 2.33
    • Cicero, De Divinatione, 1.36
    • Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, Book 1, 4.9
    • Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, Book 1, 5.19
    • Cicero, Orator, 48.160
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