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: of, relating to, or like Catiline, who conspired against the government
specifically : conspiratorial
a Catilinarian existence


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plural -s
: conspirator
specifically : a participant in Catiline's conspiracy
Cicero had written to Pompey about the suppression of the Catilinarians J. H. Taylor

Word History



Latin Catilinarius Catilinarian (from Lucius Sergius Catilina (Catiline) †62 b.c. Roman politician) + English -an

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“Catilinarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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