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dĕcĭmo or dĕcŭmo , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. decimus.
I. To select by lot every tenth man for punishment, to decimate (postAug., although the practice itself occurs as early as 283 A. U. C.; v. Liv. 2, 59 fin.), Suet. Galb. 12: “cohortes,id. Aug. 24: cohortium militem, Frontin. Strat. 4, 1, 37 al.— Absol., Suet. Calig. 48.—
II. To cause to pay tithes, to collect tithes from a person. —Pass.: “et Levi decimatus est,Vulg. Hebr. 7, 9.—
III. To select the tenth part as an offering, to pay tithes of anything, Fest. p. 237, 25 Müll.; Vulg. Matth. 23, 23.—Hence, dĕcŭmātus , a, um, P. a., selected, excellent, choice: “honestas,Symm. Ep. 3, 49 and 51.—Sup.: “juvenis,id. ib. 8, 16.
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    • Suetonius, Divus Augustus, 24
    • Suetonius, Caligula, 48
    • Suetonius, Galba, 12
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 2, 59
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