Definition of lanista
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LNS
lanista, lanistae
lanista
noun (m., 1st declension)
  1. a trainer of gladiators, fencing-master
  2. an inciter, instigator, agitator
  3. one who stimulates to wrong or violence
Abbreviations
lanista, ae, m., a trainer of gladiators, fencing-master (class.; cf.: gladiator, athleta, pugil). Lit.: num ille lanista omnino jam a gladiatore recessisse videtur, Cic. Rosc. Am. 40, 118: reus, tamquam clemens lanista, id. Att. 1, 16, 3: regia verba lanistae, Juv. 11, 8: circumforaneus, Suet. Vit. 12: lanistarum familias ex urbe expellere, id. Aug. 42; Juv. 6, 215.

—So of fowls: rixosarum avium, Col. 8, 2, 5.

— Transf., an inciter, instigator, agitator; one who stimulates to wrong or violence: hic se ad eum lanistam contulit, Cic. Rosc. Am. 6, 17: ne videret unius corporis duas acies, lanista Cicerone, dimicantes. Ego lanista? Cic. Phil. 13, 19, 40: lanistis Aetolis dimicare, Liv. 35, 33, 6.
 
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