Definition of argutia
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LNS
argūtia, argūtiae
argutus
Mostly Plural
noun (f., 1st declension)
  1. That which is clear to the senses, vigor of expression, liveliness, animation
  2. the quick motion of the fingers
  3. the chattering notes of the nightingale
  4. chattering discourse
  5. Brightness, acuteness, wit, genius
  6. Slyness, subtlety, cunning, shrewdness in speech or action
Abbreviations
argūtiae, ārum (the sing. argutia, ae, is rare and only among later writers; cf. Charis. p. 20, and Phocae Ars, p. 1708 P.), f. argutus. That which is clear to the senses, vigor of expression, liveliness, animation; of works of art: Parrhasius primus symmetriam picturae dedit, primus argutias vultūs, elegantiam capilli, etc., Plin. 35, 10, 36, § 37: argutiae operum, id. 34, 18, 19, § 65.

—Of the quick motion of the fingers (cf. argutus): nulla mollitia cervicum, nullae argutiae digitorum, Cic. Or. 18, 59.

—Of the chattering notes of the nightingale, Plin. 10, 29, 43, § 85.

—Of chattering discourse, Plaut. Bacch. 1, 2, 19; id. Most. 1, 1, 2.

— Transf. to mental qualities. Brightness, acuteness, wit, genius: hujus (C. Titii) orationes tantum argutiarum, tantum urbanitatis habent, ut paene Attico stilo scriptae esse videantur. Easdem argutias in tragoedias transtulit, Cic. Brut. 45, 167: Demosthenes nihil Lysiae subtilitate cedit, nihil argutiis et acumine Hyperidi, id. Or. 31, 110.

— Slyness, subtlety, cunning, shrewdness in speech or action: sed nihil est quod illi (Graeci) non persequantur suis argutiis, Cic. Lael. 13, 45: cujus loquacitas habet aliquid argutiarum, id. Leg. 1, 2, 7.

—In this signif. also in the sing.: importuna atque audax argutia, Gell. 3, 1, 6: levis et quasi dicax argutia, id. 12, 2 (cf. argutiola); Pall. Insit. prooem. 1; so App. M. 1, 1.
 
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