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[sit-ee-steyt] /ˈsɪt iˌsteɪt/
a sovereign state consisting of an autonomous city with its dependencies.
Origin of city-state
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • That religion had been closely bound up with the life of the Roman city-state.

    The Origin of Paul's Religion J. Gresham Machen
  • Rome was, first and last and all the time, a city-state as Athens and Corinth had been city-states in ancient Hellas.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik Van Loon
  • The chief of these is the Greek idea of the city-state, which reached its highest development in Athens.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • Local cults rose into prominence as a city-state or ruling family achieved political ascendancy.

  • Under the city-state of ancient Greece the individual was subordinated to the life of the community.

    The Origin of Paul's Religion J. Gresham Machen
  • On the whole, however, he adhered to the Greek city-state (πόλις), partly perhaps out of patriotism to his own Stagira.

British Dictionary definitions for city-state


a state consisting of a sovereign city and its dependencies. Among the most famous are the great independent cities of the ancient world, such as Athens, Sparta, Carthage, Thebes, Corinth, and Rome
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