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dĕcŏro, āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. [decus], to decorate, adorn, embellish, grace, beautify (class, and freq.).

I. Lit., with abl.: Larem corona nostrum decorari volo, Plaut. Trin. 1, 2, 1: oppidum ex pecunia sua locis communibus monumentisque, Cic. Verr. 2, 2, 46; Verg. A. 6, 217: templa novo saxo, Hor. Od. 2, 15, 20: dissignatorem lictoribus atris, surrounds, id. Ep. 1, 7, 6, etc.: quae tuos digitos decorat, Plaut. Mil. 4, 2, 58; cf. so without abl., Tib. 2, 2, 6: nescias an te generum beati Phyllidis flavae decorent parentes, Hor. Od. 2, 4, 14; Liv. 1, 26 et saep. —

II. Trop., to decorate, distinguish, honor, with abl.: nemo me lacrumis decoret nec funera fletu Faxit, Enn. ap. Cic. Tusc. 1, 15, 34; cf.: egregias animas ... decorate supremis Muneribus, Verg. A. 11, 25: quem populus R. singularibus honoribus decorasset, Cic. Balb. 6 fin.; cf.: aliquem amplissimis honoribus et praemiis, id. de Or. 1, 54, 232: O clementiam admirabilem atque omni laude decorandam! id. Lig. 2 fin.: delubra deorum pietate, domos suas gloriā, Sall. C. 12, 4: nec prave factis decorari versibus opto, Hor. Ep. 2, 1, 266: inani vocis sono decoratum, Cic. Tusc. 5, 41, 119 et saep. —Without abl.: quam (remp.) ipse decorarat atque auxerat, id. Pis. 12, 27; id. Brut. 75, 265: bene nummatum decorat Suadela Venusque, Hor. Ep. 1, 6, 38.—Hence, dĕ-cŏrātus, a, um, P. a., adorned, beautiful.—In sup.: orationes, Boeth. Arist. Elench. Soph. 1, 12, p. 743.