a group of families in ancient Rome claiming descent from a common ancestor and united by a common name and common ancestral religious rites.
Anthropology. a group tracing common descent in the male line; clan.
- subgens, noun, plural sub·gen·tes.
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How to use gens in a sentence
Gallos quid atq omnes gentes cm semel saturi sunt, long despiciunt, irridntq clanculum omnia; etiam religion, quam susceperint.
Unus illis deus est; hunc Christiani, hunc Judæi, hunc homnes venerantur et gentes.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Philosophy is developed scientifically in his "Contra Gentes" and theology, scientifically in his great "Summa."Education: How Old The New | James J. Walsh
The king, elected generally by the assembly of the gentes, commanded the army.History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2 | Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
Seven, as well as four, is a sacred number with the tribe, being also the number of their gentes.The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees | James Mooney
British Dictionary definitions for gens
(in ancient Rome) any of a group of aristocratic families, having a common name and claiming descent from a common ancestor in the male line
anthropol a group based on descent in the male line
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