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custōdia ae, f

custos, a watching, watch, guard, care, protection: fida canum: dura matrum, oversight, H.: navium, Cs.: illa (sc. pontis), N.: aliquid privatā custodiā continere: suae custodiae causā habere, as a body-guard, Cs.: navis ad custodiam posita, Cs.: fida iustitiae: fidelis memoriae rerum gestarum, L.: magni censūs, Iu.A guard, watch, sentinel (mostly plur.): colonia meis custodiis, vigiliis munita: (testīs) vi custodiisque retinere.—Sing collect.: custodiam eo suis VI milia hominum reliquerunt, Cs.A guarded place, guard-house, watch-station: haec (urbs) mea est custodia: in hac custodiā et tamquam speculā; familias in custodiis habere.—A watching, guarding, custody, restraint, ward, confinement: eius, L.: in hostium custodias numerum civium includere: ipsos in custodiis habere, S.: in liberā custodiā, i. e. under arrest without imprisonment, surveillance, L.: in liberis custodiis, S. — Fig.: (eloquentia), saepta liberali custodiā.—A place of confinement, prison, hold, keep: in custodiā necatur, Cs.: te in custodiam dare.—Fig.: corporis custodiis se liberare.

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