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Quirites

[kwi-rahy-teez, -ree-] /kwɪˈraɪ tiz, -ˈri-/
plural noun
1.
the citizens of ancient Rome considered in their civil capacity.
Origin of Quirites
< Latin Quirītēs, plural of Quirīs, associated, perhaps by folk etymology, with Cures, a Sabine town
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Historical Examples
  • Caesar's son will not be exhibited to the Quirites in the triumphal procession.

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • He is certainly a Roman, and if a Roman, he belongs to the race of the Quirites!

    Rule of the Monk Giuseppe Garibaldi
  • Even in later years, the Roman citizens were addressed in the Forum as Quirites.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • Quirites, the name the citizens of Rome assumed in their civic capacity.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • And I never cared for the thermæ; warm baths are only fit for Quirites, not for soldiers.

  • He seemed to stretch out his hands to me, to implore the assistance of the Quirites to protect him against an unjust judge.

  • Servi aera parati injusta imperia dominorum non perferunt; vos, Quirites, imperio nati, aequo animo servitutem toleratis?

    De Bello Catilinario et Jugurthino Caius Sallustii Crispi (Sallustius)
  • Quae ante vestra beneficia gratuito faciebam, ea uti accepta mercede deseram, non est consilium, Quirites.

    De Bello Catilinario et Jugurthino Caius Sallustii Crispi (Sallustius)
  • Quirites, verum id, quod multo praeclarius est, meamet facta mihi dicere licet.

    De Bello Catilinario et Jugurthino Caius Sallustii Crispi (Sallustius)
  • Comparate nunc, Quirites, cum illorum superbia me hominem novum.

    De Bello Catilinario et Jugurthino Caius Sallustii Crispi (Sallustius)
British Dictionary definitions for Quirites

Quirites

/kwɪˈraɪtiːz/
plural noun
1.
the citizens of ancient Rome
Word Origin
from Latin: inhabitants of Cures, later applied generally to Roman citizens
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