Tarpeian
Tarpeian Tar*pe"ian, a. [L. Tarpeius, prop., pertaining to Tarpeia.] Pertaining to or designating a rock or peak of the Capitoline hill, Rome, from which condemned criminals were hurled. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • Tarpeian — [tär pē′ən] adj. 〚L Tarpeianus, after Tarpeia: see TARPEIA〛 designating or of a cliff on the Capitoline Hill in Rome from which traitors to the state were hurled to their death * * * …   Universalium

  • Tarpeian — [tär pē′ən] adj. [L Tarpeianus, after Tarpeia: see TARPEIA] designating or of a cliff on the Capitoline Hill in Rome from which traitors to the state were hurled to their death …   English World dictionary

  • tarpeian — tar·pe·ian …   English syllables

  • Tarpeian — /taˈpiən/ (say tah peeuhn) adjective of or denoting a rock on the Capitoline Hill at Rome from which traitors were hurled …   Australian English dictionary

  • tarpeian — (ˈ)tär|pē(y)ən adjective Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Latin tarpeius (from Tarpeius, cliff or rock on the Capitoline hill, probably from Tarpeia, legendary Roman maiden) + English an : of, relating to, or being a cliff or rock of the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tarpeian rock — rock face on the Capitoline Hill in Rome, from which persons convicted of treason were thrown headlong, from L. (mons) Tarpeius (rock) of Tarpeia, said to have been a Vestal virgin who betrayed the capitol to the Sabines and was buried at the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Tarpeian Rock — The Tarpeian Rock ( rupes Tarpeia ) was a steep cliff of the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill, overlooking the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome. It was used during the Roman Republic as an execution site. Murderers and traitors, if convicted by… …   Wikipedia

  • Tarpeian Rock — /tahr pee euhn/ a rock on the Capitoline Hill in Rome, from which criminals and traitors were hurled. [1600 10; < L (mons) Tarpei(us) Tarpeian (hill) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Tarpeian Rock — /tahr pee euhn/ a rock on the Capitoline Hill in Rome, from which criminals and traitors were hurled. [1600 10; < L (mons) Tarpei(us) Tarpeian (hill) + AN] …   Useful english dictionary

  • TARPEIAN ROCK —    a precipitous cliff on the W. of the Capitoline Hill at Rome, from which in ancient times persons guilty of treason were hurled; named after Tarpeia, a vestal virgin, who betrayed the city to the Sabine soldiers, then besieging Rome, on… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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