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dē-tĕgo, xi, ctum, 3, v. a., to uncover, expose, lay bare (freq. in the Aug. per.).

I. Lit.: ventus detexit villam, unroofed, Plaut. Rud. 1, 1, 3: aedem Junonis ad partem dimidiam, Liv. 42, 3: regiam Caci, Verg. A. 8, 241: juga montium detexerat nebula, Liv. 33, 7 et saep.: capite detecto, Suet. Caes. 57; cf. poet. transf. and in Gr. construction: caput puer detectus, Verg. A. 10, 133: faciem, Suet. Ner. 48: corpora, Tac. A. 13, 38: ossa, Suet. Caes. 81; Ov. M. 9, 169 et saep.: ensem strictum vagina, Sil. 13, 168; cf. ferrum, Luc. 3, 128: arma, Suet. Tib. 37: plagam (opp. celare), id. Oth. 11 et saep.: patefacta et detecta corpora, Cic. Ac. 2, 38, 122.—

B. In comic transf., to take off, remove: detegetur corium de tergo meo, Plaut. Ep. 1, 1, 63: haec illa est tempestas mea, mihi quae modestiam omnem Detexit, tectus qua fui (the figure being taken from buildings), id. Most. 1, 3, 7; cf. id. ib. 1, 2, 60.—

II. Trop., to discover, disclose, reveal, betray, detect: nimis detegendo cladem nudandoque, Liv. 23, 5: insidias, id. 27, 16: consilium, id. 27, 45: mentem, Quint. 8 prooem. 20: animi secreta (with proferre mores), id. 11, 1, 30: latentem culpam, Ov. M. 2, 546 et saep.: mores se inter ludendum, Quint. 1, 3, 12: formidine detegi, Tac. H. 1, 81.