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[dahy-kast, dik-ast]
  1. (in ancient Athens) a citizen eligible to sit as a judge.
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Origin of dicast

1700–10; < Greek dikastḗs a juryman, equivalent to *dikad-, base of dikázein to judge, determine (derivative of díkē right, law, order) + -tēs agentive suffix
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Historical Examples

  • Dicast, Dikast, dī′kast, n. one of the 6000 Athenians annually chosen to act as judges.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • A juror or dicast would receive the same sum for attendance, and the courts or juries often consisted of 500 persons.

British Dictionary definitions for dicast


  1. (in ancient Athens) a juror in the popular courts chosen by lot from a list of citizens
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Derived Formsdicastic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek dikastēs, from dikazein to judge, from dikē right, judgment, order
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