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Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
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Nec multo post, admittente pontifice maximo Ioannae id certo pacto restituit. Illa vero Avinionem urbem Narbonensis provinciae pontifici in loco mercedis iure sempiterno donavit, perfrictaque semel fronte totam sese libidinibus dedidit.

This is probably a set expression, but for the life of me I'm unable to figure it out nor find an explanation for it.
 

Agrippa

Civis Illustris
Cf. Lewis&Short s.v. perfrico II:
Transf.: frontem, faciem, os, to rub one's forehead or face, in order to make one's blushes disappear; hence, to lay aside all sense of shame, to cast off shame, summon one's assurance, put on a bold face (class.): cum os perfricuisti, Cic. Tusc. 3, 18, 41: vitiosa sunt illa ... perfricare faciem et quasi improbam facere, Quint. 11, 3, 160: cum perfricuit frontem posuitque pudorem, Mart. 11, 27, 7: perfrica frontem et dic, Calv. ap. Quint. 9, 2, 25: perfricui faciem, Plin. H. N. praef. § 4.
"perfricta fronte" ~ without feeling ashamed
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
Dunno, you should try it..
:D
 

Etaoin Shrdlu

μεσσηγυδορποχέστης
I don't think I blush often, and wouldn't I have to then rush to a mirror to see, which would be worse than blushing?
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
Strange expression, I agree...cuz rubbing one's face would most likely render it even redder, lol.
 

Etaoin Shrdlu

μεσσηγυδορποχέστης
Were Romans prone to blushing? Thinking about it, I've known relatively few people who were, and although I can't recall what they were blushing at, I'm pretty sure it wasn't when they were having to brazen out anything.
 
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Bestiola

Sciura Tigrina Croatica
Staff member
per-frico, cui, cātum, and ctum, āre, v. a. Lit., to rub all over, to rub or scratch (class.): caput unguento, Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 25, § 62: totam faciem fuligine, Petr. 22; Cels. 3, 14: totum corpus, id. 1, 3; Plin. 28, 12, 51, § 190: perfrictis oculis, App. M. 2, p. 125, 28: dentes, Ov. A. A. 3, 216: caput sinistrā manu perfricans, scratching his head, Cic. Pis. 25, 61.

— Transf.: frontem, faciem, os, to rub one's forehead or face, in order to make one's blushes disappear; hence, to lay aside all sense of shame, to cast off shame, summon one's assurance, put on a bold face (class.): cum os perfricuisti, Cic. Tusc. 3, 18, 41: vitiosa sunt illa ... perfricare faciem et quasi improbam facere, Quint. 11, 3, 160: cum perfricuit frontem posuitque pudorem, Mart. 11, 27, 7: perfrica frontem et dic, Calv. ap. Quint. 9, 2, 25: perfricui faciem, Plin. H. N. praef. § 4.


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