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dē-trecto (in the best MSS. also dē-tracto), ăvi, ātum, 1, v. a.

I. Orig., to decline, refuse, reject any thing; and hence, to decline, refuse to do any thing (not in Cic.—for syn. cf.: nego, infitias eo, infitior, diffiteor, denego, recuso, abnuo, renuo, defugio).

(a). With acc.: militiam, Caes. B. G. 7, 14, 9; Liv. 2, 43; Front. Strat. 4, 1, 25; 43; Flor. 1, 22, 2; Ov. M. 13, 36 al.; cf. pugnam, Liv. 3, 60; 4, 18: proelium, Just. 13, 5, 8; Front. Strat. 1, 11, 1: certamen, Liv. 37, 39; Tac. H. 4, 67; Curt. 3, 8: officia sua, Quint. 2, 1, 5: judicandi munus, Suet. Aug. 32 et saep.: imperata, Suet. Caes. 54: dominationem, id. ib. 80; cf. principem, id. Tib. 25: patris jussa, Tac. A. 3, 17: vincla pedum, Tib. 1, 6, 38; cf. juga, Verg. G. 3, 57: aratrum, Ov. Pont. 3, 7, 15.—

(b). With inf. (late Lat.): tutelam administrare, Dig. 37, 14, 19: dicere, Arn. 6, p. 201.—

(g). Absol., Liv. 2, 45 fin.; 3, 38, 12; Suet. Ner. 47.—

II. To pull down with violence; hence, trop. (cf. detraho, no. II. B.), to lower in estimation, to depreciate, detract from: advorsae res etiam bonos detractant, Sall. J. 53 fin.: poëtas, Tac. Or. 11: antiquos oratores, id. ib. 26: Pompeium, Flor. 4, 2, 9 al.: virtutes, Liv. 38, 49: Ciceronis, Vergilii gloriam, Tac. Or. 12: ingenium Homeri, Ov. R. Am. 365: laudes, id. M. 5, 246: maligne benefacta, id. ib. 13, 271.—With dat.: sibi primo, mox omnibus detrectaturus, Suet. Vit. Pers. fin.—With de: de vobis tamquam de malefactoribus, Vulg. 1 Pet. 2, 12.—Absol., Ov. Tr. 2, 337.