Definition of elegantia
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LNS
ēlegantia, ēlegantiae
elegans
noun (f., 1st declension)
  1. A being nice or particular
  2. exquisiteness, fastidiousness
  3. Taste, propriety, refinement, grace, elegance
Abbreviations
ēlegantia, ae, f. elegans. * A being nice or particular; exquisiteness, fastidiousness (ante-class. and very rare): ejus elegantia meam extemplo speciem spernat, Plaut. Mil. 4, 6, 20.

—Far more freq., Taste, propriety, refinement, grace, elegance (cf.: gustus, sapor, judicium). With gen.: tu eloquentiam ab elegantia doctrinae segregandam putes, Cic. de Or. 1, 2, 5: vitae, Tac. A. 14, 19: morum, id. ib. 5, 8: capilli (with venustas oris), Plin. 35, 10, 36, § 67: ac subtilitas operum, id. 16, 15, 26, § 66 et saep.: verborum Latinorum, Cic. Brut. 75, 261; cf. scriptorum, id. Fam. 4, 4; so, Latini sermonis, id. de Or. 2, 7, 28: mira sermonis, Quint. 10, 1, 114: figurarum, id. 12, 9, 6; and transf.: Socraticorum, id. 10, 1, 83; cf. Secundi, id. 12, 10, 11.

—In plur.: vocum verborumque, Gell. 2, 9 fin.

— Absol.: qua munditia homines! qua elegantia! Cic. Fam. 9, 20, 2; cf. id. Sull. 28, 79; id. Leg. 3, 1: quae (agricultura) abhorret ab omni politiore elegantia, id. Fin. 3, 2; cf. Plin. 13, 9, 18, § 62; 14, 6, 8, § 71; Suet. Aug. 73: elegantia modo et munditia remanebit, Cic. Or. 23 fin.; cf. Quint. 6, 3, 20; 10, 2, 19 al.

—In plur.: laudatus propter elegantias dominus, Petr. 34, 5; Gell. 1, 4; cf. id. 19, 4.
 
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