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  1. Lucius Sergius Catilina, 108?–62 b.c., Roman politician and conspirator.
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Examples from the Web for catiline

Historical Examples of catiline

  • "'I go, but I return,'" said he, in the language of Catiline to the Roman senate.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic

  • But the old soldiers of Sylla were Catiline's chief stimulus to action.

  • Catiline had very soon under his command an army of scoundrels.

    The Young Man's Guide

    William A. Alcott

  • The interesting point in regard to this is his connexion with Catiline.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • Catiline was a nobleman of violent temper and bad reputation.

British Dictionary definitions for catiline


  1. Latin name Lucius Sergius Catilina. ?108–62 bc, Roman politician: organized an unsuccessful conspiracy against Cicero (63–62)
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Derived FormsCatilinarian (ˌkætɪlɪˈnɛərɪən), adjective
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Word Origin and History for catiline



from Lucius Sergius Catilina, Roman official who plotted an uprising 63 B.C.E. and was exposed by Cicero in a famous oration, taken since 1590s as a type of a reckless conspirator.

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