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  1. a person serving the ancient Spartans as governor of a subject or conquered town.
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Origin of harmost

1765–75; < Greek harmostḗs, derivative of harmózein to regulate, govern, join
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Historical Examples

  • Harmost, hr′most, n. a Spartan governor of a subject city or province.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • The city of Chalkedon had revolted from Athens, and received a Lacedaemonian harmost and garrison.

  • A "harmost," ἁρμοστες, was an officer sent from Sparta to administer a subject city.