- an alien resident of an ancient Greek city who paid a tax for the right to live there.
Origin of metic
1800–10; < Late Latin metycus, variant of metoecus < Greek métoikos emigrant, equivalent to met- met- + -oikos dwelling
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Examples from the Web for metic
A metic must purchase the choice fruit; but a stranger may pluck for himself and his attendant.
It is Plato's greatest concession to the metic, as the bestowal of freedom is his greatest concession to the slave.
Plato never thinks of making the metic, much less the slave, a citizen.
This shall be the second law: He who engages in retail trade must be either a metic or a stranger.
The informer, if a slave or a metic, shall be rewarded by having the article made over to him.
- (in ancient Greece) an alien having some rights of citizenship in the city in which he lives
C19: from Greek metoikos, from meta- (indicating change) + -oikos dwelling
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Word Origin and History for metic
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