a sovereign state consisting of an autonomous city and, especially historically, any dependent settlements or territories: The Corinthian order of architecture is named for its legendary origin in the ancient Greek city-state of Corinth.Singapore’s role in shaping global entrepreneurship has further strengthened that city-state's position in the world economy.
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How to use city-state in a sentence
Earlier this month the Vatican announced the installation of free showers for the homeless in public bathrooms in the city-state.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’ | Candida Moss | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Neighboring city-state Athens was more haphazard about its infanticide.
For Zahir (not his real name), the wealthy city-state of Singapore was meant to be his chance to make it rich.
The city-state of Tel Aviv will sleep-party through the end of the two-state solution.
Yale should learn from the city-state, he and others have argued, not condemn it.Yale’s Singapore University Criticized For Free-Speech Restrictions | Alex Klein | July 24, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Local cults rose into prominence as a city-state or ruling family achieved political ascendancy.The New Gresham Encyclopedia | Various
Perhaps the noblest society of antiquity was the Greek city state.Some Christian Convictions | Henry Sloane Coffin
Xenophon had always dreamt of forming on the border of Hellenedom a new city state, which should honor him as its founder.Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8 | Various
To a Greek it suggested the assembly of freeborn citizens in a city state.
From family to tribe to city-state to nation to hemisphere, the direction has been toward unification.The Defenders | Philip K. Dick
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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