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fāmōsus , a, um, adj. fama,
I.much talked of (well or ill), i. e. famed, celebrated.
I. In a good sense, famous, renowned (not ante-Aug.): “famosae mortis amor,Hor. A. P. 469: “mors Junii Blaesi,Tac. H. 3, 38: “vir secundis adversisque juxta famosus,id. ib. 1, 10: “urbs (Hierosolyma),id. ib. 5, 2 init.: “equi,Suet. Calig. 19: “victoria,Flor. 3, 7, 6 Duk.; App. M. 11, p. 267: “causa (with pulchra),Plin. Ep. 6, 23, 1; 2, 11, 1; 9, 13, 11.—Sup.: “templum,Vulg. 2 Macc. 2, 23.—
II. In a bad sense.
A. Infamous, notorious (class.): qui etiam me miserum famosum facit flagitiis suis, Plaut. Fragm. ap. Non. 305, 28: me ad famosas vetuit mater accedere, i. e. meretrices, Poët. ap. Cic. de Or. 2, 68, 277; cf. Cic. Fragm. ap. Non. 306, 5 (Rep. 4, 6 ed. Mos.): “famosam veneficiis Martinam,Tac. A. 3, 7; Cato ap. Gell. 9, 12, 7; cf.: et formosus homo fuit et famosus, Lucil. ap. Non. 305, 31: “famosa impudensque largitio regis,Sall. J. 15, 5: “Hymen,Ov. H. 9, 134 al.—Esp. law t. t., without reputation, Cod. 5, 40, 9; cf. infamia.—
B. Transf., actively, defamatory, slanderous, scandalous (perh. not ante-Aug.): “cognitionem de famosis libellis tractavit,libels, Tac. A. 1, 72: “probris,id. ib. 11, 25: “delationibus,id. ib. 4, 41; so, “libelli,Suet. Aug. 55; cf.: “de injuriis et libellis famosis,Dig. 46, tit. 46; Cod. Th. 9, 34, 7; Cod. Just. 9, 36, 1: “carmen,a lampoon, pasquinade, Hor. Ep. 1, 19, 31: “epigrammata,Suet. Caes. 73.—Sup., App. Mag. p. 324; Spart. Hadr. 15.—Adv.: fāmōse (acc. to I.), with fame or glory (post-class. and very rare), Aur. Vict. Caes. 20 med.—Comp.: “morbum famosius curare,Tert. adv. Marc. 1, 22.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (13):
    • Old Testament, 2 Maccabees, 2.23
    • Suetonius, Divus Augustus, 55
    • Horace, Ars Poetica, 469
    • Tacitus, Annales, 1.72
    • Tacitus, Annales, 3.7
    • Tacitus, Historiae, 3.38
    • Cicero, On Oratory, 2.68
    • Suetonius, Caligula, 19
    • Suetonius, Divus Julius, 73
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 2.11
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 9.13
    • Gellius, Noctes Atticae, 9.12.7
    • Sallust, Bellum Iugurthinum, 15
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