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A feast at Rome of purification and atonement, in the month of February; it continued for twelve days. The month of February, which, together with January, was added by Numa to the ten months constituting the year of Romulus, derived its name from this general expiatory festival, the people being then purified (februati) from the sins of the whole year (Ovid, Fast. ii. 19).

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