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[puh-trish-ee-it, ‐eyt] /pəˈtrɪʃ i ɪt, ‐ˌeɪt/
the patrician class.
patrician rank.
Origin of patriciate
1650-60; < Medieval Latin patriciātus equivalent to Latin patrici(us) (see patrician) + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The flower of the Roman patriciate was wallowing in this monstrous treachery.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Among the districts of Italy some have and some have not a patriciate.

    Rome Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • What they did do was to break up and practically abolish the patriciate.

  • We are at one in this: the praetorian guard will follow my dictates, the patriciate of Rome will bow the knee to thee.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • The patriciate of Rome had combined with the people to place its destinies in Dea Flavia's hands.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • We have still to speak of the directly political functions of the rich, or, as M. Comte terms them, the patriciate.

    August Comte and Positivism John-Stuart Mill
  • He has nowhere written that territorial riches were the exclusive appanage of the patriciate.

  • The patriciate succeeded the imperial, being the seventh head, and only of short duration, about fifty years.

  • Charlemagne was crowned emperor of the Romans in the year eight hundred; and so the patriciate terminated.

  • The families eligible to the Council composed the patriciate, the origin of which can no longer be traced in detail.

    The Story of Nuremberg Cecil Headlam
British Dictionary definitions for patriciate


/pəˈtrɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
the dignity, position, or rank of a patrician
the class or order of patricians
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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