metic

[met-ik]

Origin of metic

1800–10; < Late Latin metycus, variant of metoecus < Greek métoikos emigrant, equivalent to met- met- + -oikos dwelling
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Historical Examples of metic

  • A metic must purchase the choice fruit; but a stranger may pluck for himself and his attendant.

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  • It is Plato's greatest concession to the metic, as the bestowal of freedom is his greatest concession to the slave.

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  • Plato never thinks of making the metic, much less the slave, a citizen.

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  • This shall be the second law: He who engages in retail trade must be either a metic or a stranger.

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  • The informer, if a slave or a metic, shall be rewarded by having the article made over to him.


British Dictionary definitions for metic

metic

noun
  1. (in ancient Greece) an alien having some rights of citizenship in the city in which he lives

Word Origin for metic

C19: from Greek metoikos, from meta- (indicating change) + -oikos dwelling
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Word Origin and History for metic
n.

"resident alien in an ancient Greek state," 1808, from Late Latin metycus, from Greek metoikos, literally "one who has changed his residence," from meta- "change" (see meta-) + -oikos "dwelling," from oikein "to dwell" (see villa).

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