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tĕpĕo, ēre, v. n. [Sanscr. tap, to be warm; tapas, heat; O. H. Germ. damf, warm], to be moderately warm, lukewarm, or tepid (very rare; not in Cic.; cf.: caleo, ferveo).

I. Lit.: ubi (dolium) temperate tepebit, Cato, R. R. 69, 2: carnes gallinaceorum ut tepebant avulsae, Plin. 29, 4, 25, 78: ubi plus tepeant hiemes, Hor. Ep. 1, 10, 15: cor tepens, Plin. 30, 7, 20, 62: tepentes aurae, Verg. G. 2, 330; Ov. M. 1, 107: sole tepente, id. ib. 3, 489: truncus tepens, Verg. A. 10, 555; cf.: tractu (caeli) tepente, Plin. 36, 25, 62, 186.—

II. Trop.

A. To be warm or to glow with love, to be enamored: quo (Lycidā) calet juventus Nunc omnis et mox virgines tepebunt, Hor. C. 1, 4, 20: nescio quem sensi corde tepente deum, Ov. H. 11, 26.—

B. To be lukewarm, cool, cold; to be without ardor, indifferent in love, etc.: saepe tepent alii juvenes: ego semper amavi, Ov. R. Am. 7; so (opp. amare), id. Am. 2, 2, 53: affectus tepet, Quint. 6, 1, 44.