- an alien resident of an ancient Greek city who paid a tax for the right to live there.
Origin of metic
1800–10; < Late Latin metycus, variant of metoecus < Greek métoikos emigrant, equivalent to met- met- + -oikos dwelling
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Examples from the Web for metic
A metic must purchase the choice fruit; but a stranger may pluck for himself and his attendant.
Plato never thinks of making the metic, much less the slave, a citizen.
It is Plato's greatest concession to the metic, as the bestowal of freedom is his greatest concession to the slave.
This shall be the second law: He who engages in retail trade must be either a metic or a stranger.
The freed man, when liberated, does not become a citizen, but is only a non-citizen or metic.
- (in ancient Greece) an alien having some rights of citizenship in the city in which he lives
C19: from Greek metoikos, from meta- (indicating change) + -oikos dwelling
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Word Origin and History for metic
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