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festīvus , a, um, adj. 1. festus; lit., feast-like, belonging to a feast; hence,
I.lively, gay, festive, joyous, gladsome, merry (syn.: lepidus, urbanus, salsus, facetus).
I. Lit. (ante- and post-class.): festivum festinant diem, Enn. ap. Serv. Verg. A. 9, 401 (Trag. v. 434 ed. Vahl.): “ludi,Plaut. Cas. 4, 1, 3; cf. “alea,Gell. 18, 13, 1: “locus,Plaut. Capt. 2, 1, 5; id. Poen. 5, 1, 9: “facinus lepidum et festivum,id. ib. 1, 2, 95: “hospitium in lepido loco,id. ib. 3, 3, 82; cf.: “festivissimum convivium,Just. 38, 8 fin.—*
B. Subst.: festīvum , i, n., festive jollity, festivity: “in vindemiarum festivo,Lampr. Heliog. 11.—
II. Transf.
B. In partic.
1. Of behavior, character, etc., jovial, jocose, agreeable, dear: “quod te isti facilem et festivum putant,Ter. Ad. 5, 9, 29: “puer,Cic. Att. 1, 12 fin.; cf.: “quibus (pueris) nihil potest esse festivius,id. Fam. 6, 4, 3: “filius,id. Fl. 36, 91: “homo,id. Phil. 5, 5, 13; id. de Or. 2, 68, 277. —
2. As a term of endearment: “o mi pater festivissime!Ter. Ad. 5, 9, 26; so, “festivum caput!id. ib. 2, 3, 8.—
3. Of speech, humorous, pleasant, witty: “dulcis et facetus festivique sermonis,Cic. Off. 1, 30, 108: “poëma facit ita festivum, ita concinnum, ita elegans, nihil ut fieri possit argutius,id. Pis. 29, 70: “oratio,id. de Or. 3, 25, 100: “acroama,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 22, § 49; Quint. 6, 3, 39.— Hence, adv., in two forms, festīve (class. ) and festīvĭter (ante- and post-class.). *
1. Joyously, gayly, cheerfully: “loco in festivo sumus festive accepti,Plaut. Ps. 5, 1, 9.—
2. Transf. *
a. Agreeably, pleasantly, delightfully: o domus parata pulchrae familiae festiviter! Naev. ap. Non. 510, 16. —
b. Humorously, facetiously, wittily.
(β). Form festiviter: Epictetus severe simul ac festiviter sejunxit a vero Stoico, qui esset ἀκώλυτος, Gell. 1, 2, 7: “respondere,id. 1, 22, 6.—Sup.: decorare festum festivissime, Poët. ap. Charis. 2, p. 180 P. (Rib. Fragm. Trag. Inc. 223).
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    • Cicero, Letters to his Friends, 6.4.3
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