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dērīvātĭo , ōnis, f. derivo,
I.a leading off, turning off, turning away.
I. Lit.: derivationes fluminum, * Cic. Off. 2, 4, 14: “sollemnis (sc. lacus Albani),Liv. 5, 15 (cf. shortly before, priusquam ex lacu Albano aqua emissa foret).—
II. Trop.
A. In gen.: “dictum aliquod in aliquem usum tuum opportuna derivatione convertere,Macr. S. 6, 1.—
B. Esp.
1. In grammat. lang., derivation, etymology of words, Plin. ap. Serv. Aen. 9, 706; Dig. 50, 16, 57; Charis. p. 73 P. et saep.—
2. In rhetor.
(α). An exchanging of one word for another of like meaning, to soften the expression (as fortis for temerarius, liberalis for prodigus, etc.), Quint. 3, 7, 25.—
(β). As rhet. fig. = παρηγμένον, the development of a preceding statement or conception into a new thought, Jul. Ruf. Schem. Lex. § 14.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (3):
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 5, 15
    • Cicero, De Officiis, 2.4
    • Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, Book 3, 7.25
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