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speciosus

Μή, φίλα ψυχά, βίον ἀθάνατον σπεῦδε, τὰν δ' ἔμπρακτον ἄντλει μαχανάν -> Oh! my soul do not aspire to eternal life, but exhaust the limits of the possible
Pindar, Pythian, 3.61f.

Latin > English (Lewis & Short)

spĕcĭōsus: a, um, adj. species (acc. to species, II. B. 3.),
I good-looking, showy, handsome, beautiful, splendid, brilliant (not freq. till after the Aug. period; syn.: venustus, pulcher, formosus, spectabilis).
   A Lit. (not so in Cic.): hunc speciosum pelle decorā, Hor. Ep. 1, 16, 45: femina, Quint. 5, 10, 47: puer, Petr. 41, 6: corpora, Quint. 11, 3, 26: nec id speciosum fieri putabo, id. 5, 12, 19: in certaminibus speciosa atque robusta, id. 11, 3, 26: ministerium, Vell. 2, 111, 3: familia, id. 2, 59, 2.—Comp.: familiam nemo speciosiorem producit, Sen. Ep. 87, 6: si plenior aliquis et speciosior et coloratior factus est, Cels. 2, 2.—Sup.: homo (Alcibiades), Quint. 8, 4, 23: corpus, id. 2, 15, 9: filia, Petr. 140, 2.—
   B Trop.: reversionis has speciosas causas habes, well-sounding, plausible, specious, Cic. Att. 16, 7, 6; cf.: specioso titulo uti vos, Romani, Graecarum civitatium liberandarum video, Liv. 35, 16: dictu speciosa, id. 1, 23: gerentis bellum Romanos speciosum Graeciae liberandae tulisse titulum, id. 42, 52, 15; 36, 17, 13; cf. Quint. 8, 6, 8: magis necessarium quam speciosum, ministerium, Liv. 4, 8, 6: dicere aliquod speciosum, Quint. 1, 5, 3: speciosum dicendi genus, id. 10, 1, 127: vocabula rerum, Hor. Ep. 2, 2, 116: miracula, id. A. P. 144: speciosa locis morataque recte Fabula, id. ib. 319: speciosa nomina culpae Imponis, Ov. M. 7, 69: specioso eripe damno, from this splendid misery, id. ib. 11, 133.—Comp.: cum speciosius quid dicendum est, Quint. 11, 3, 84: speciosior rhetorice quam dialectice, id. 2, 20, 7: speciosiore stili genere, id. 7, 1, 54: gestarum rerum ordinem sequi speciosius fuit, id. 3, 7, 15.—Sup.: longe speciosissimum genus orationis, Quint. 8, 6, 49. —Adv.: spĕcĭōsē, showily, handsomely, splendidly.
   1    Lit.: vehi, i. e. in a painted or ornamented vessel, Plin. 35, 7, 31, § 49. —Comp.: speciosius instratus equus quam uxor vestita, Liv. 34, 7: tractet arma, Hor. Ep. 1, 18, 52: quo speciosius ingrediantur sublimes, Col. 2, 2, 22.—Sup.: contorta hasta (with optime emissa), Quint. 9, 4, 8.—
   2    Trop.: dictum, Quint. 9, 4, 14: translatum, id. 2, 5, 9.—Sup.: usus est, Quint. 8, 6, 18.

Latin > French (Gaffiot)

spĕciōsus,¹⁰ a, um (species),
1 de bel aspect, d’extérieur brillant : (homo) introrsum turpis, speciosus pelle decora Hor. Ep. 1, 16, 45, (un homme) laid intérieurement, mais qui a bon air grâce à une belle enveloppe ; speciosa femina Quint. 5, 10, 47, belle femme ; familiam nemo speciosiorem producit Sen. Ep. 87, 6, personne ne présente une domesticité de plus belle mine
2 [fig.] reversionis has speciosas causas habes Cic. Att. 16, 7, 6, voilà les bonnes raisons qui expliquent mon retour ; speciosum ministerium Liv. 4, 8, 6, fonctions brillantes ; speciosissimum genus orationis Quint. 8, 6, 49, le style qui produit le plus d’effet ; speciosa vocabula Hor. Ep. 2, 2, 116, mots expressifs || spécieux : speciosus titulus Græciæ liberandæ Liv. 42, 52, 15, le prétexte spécieux d’affranchir la Grèce, cf. Liv. 35, 16, 2 ; pl. n., speciosa dictu Liv. 1, 23, 7, des paroles spécieuses, de beaux prétextes.

Latin > German (Georges)

speciōsus, a, um (species), I) durch gutes äußerliches Ansehen in die Augen fallend, wohlgestaltet, sehr gut aussehend, auffallend schön (bezeichnet einen höheren Grad von Schönheit als formosus), v. Pers., mulier, Ov.: speciosior homo, Cels.: filia, Petron.: homo speciosissimus, Quint.: v. Lebl., aedificium, Val. Max.: speciosa structura, schönes Mauerwerk, Vitr.: vicus speciosissimus, Val. Max. – dah. a) sich gut hören lassend, schön klingend, blendend, eloquentia, Quint.: nomina, Tac. – b) ansehnlich, auffallend, opes, Tac.: familia, Vell.: exemplum, vorleuchtendes, Liv.: speciosissima victoria, Val. Max.: speciosissimus triumphus, Val. Max.: speciosum adventum suum ingentem turbam captivorum prae se agentes fecerunt, Liv. – II) den Schein für sich habend, durch den äußeren Schein blendend, damnum, Ov.: vocabula, Hor.: titulus, Liv.: m. 2. Supin., si vera potius quam dictu speciosa dicenda sunt, Liv. 1, 23, 7.

Latin > English

speciosus speciosa -um, speciosior -or -us, speciosissimus -a -um ADJ :: beautiful/handsome/good-looking; attractive/appealing; presentable/respectable
speciosus speciosus speciosa -um, speciosior -or -us, speciosissimus -a -um ADJ :: spectacular/brilliant/impressive/splendid; showy/public; plausible, specious