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[met-ik] /ˈmɛt ɪk/
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 Unabridged
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  • A metic must purchase the choice fruit; but a stranger may pluck for himself and his attendant.

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  • Plato never thinks of making the metic, much less the slave, a citizen.

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  • It is Plato's greatest concession to the metic, as the bestowal of freedom is his greatest concession to the slave.

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  • This shall be the second law: He who engages in retail trade must be either a metic or a stranger.

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  • The freed man, when liberated, does not become a citizen, but is only a non-citizen or metic.

  • The informer, if a slave or a metic, shall be rewarded by having the article made over to him.

British Dictionary definitions for metic


(in ancient Greece) an alien having some rights of citizenship in the city in which he lives
Word Origin
C19: from Greek metoikos, from meta- (indicating change) + -oikos dwelling
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Word Origin and History for metic

"resident alien in an ancient Greek state," 1808, from Late Latin metycus, from Greek metoikos, literally "one who has changed his residence," from meta- "change" (see meta-) + -oikos "dwelling," from oikein "to dwell" (see villa).

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