EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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,
emigrant, equivalent to
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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. British Dictionary definitions for metic noun (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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