Definition of littera, litera
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Orthography ID = 1009359
1.
LEM
littera, litterae
(lītera, līterae)
LI-
Mostly Plural
noun (f., 1st declension)
  1. a letter, alphabetical sign, written sign of a sound
  2. a handwriting
  3. a writing, document, record
  4. [plur.] a letter, epistle
  5. [plural] written monuments, literature, books, literary works
  6. [figuratively] learning, the sciences, liberal education, scholarship, letters
Abbreviations
littera (lītera) ae, f LI-, a letter, alphabetical sign, written sign of a sound: (epistula) Graecis conscripta litteris, Cs.: sus rostro si humi A litteram inpresserit: maximis litteris incisum: alqd litteris mandare, commit to writing, Cs.: salutaris, tristis (i. e. A and C on the ballots of jurors, for absolvo, condemno): provocatis ostentata inanibus litteris, as a pretence, L.: ad me litteram numquam misit, not a line.

—A handwriting: accedebat ad similitudinem tuae litterae: Arguit ipsorum quos littera, Iu.

—A writing, document, record: iunget nos littera, inscription, O.: littera poscetur, acknowledgment in writing, O.

—Usu. plur: litterae publicae, records, C., Cs.: ratio omnis et omnes litterae, accounts: praetoris, edict.

—Plur., a letter, epistle: mittuntur ad Caesarem ab Cicerone litterae, Cs.: meas acceperat litteras: nullas iis praeterquam ad te dedi litteras: per litteras mandare, ne, etc., Cs.: invitare alqm per litteras: liber litterarum missarum et adlatarum, a book of correspondence

— cf. sing: Quam legis a raptā Briseide littera venit, O.

—Plur, written monuments, literature, books, literary works: litteras Graecas discere, S.: abest historia litteris nostris, is wanting in our literature: Graecae de philosophiā litterae, philosophical literature: damnum Hortensi interitu Latinae litterae fecerunt parvae et rarae per eadem tempora litterae fuere, L.: cupidissimus litterarum, N.

—Fig., learning, the sciences, liberal education, scholarship, letters: fac periclum in litteris, T.: erant in eo plurimae litterae: scire litteras, to be educated: homo sine ingenio, sine litteris: nescire litteras: litterarum cognitio: in litteris vivere.
 
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