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patriciate

[puh-trish-ee-it, ‐eyt]
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noun
  1. the patrician class.
  2. patrician rank.
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Origin of patriciate

1650–60; < Medieval Latin patriciātus equivalent to Latin patrici(us) (see patrician) + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for patriciate

Historical Examples

  • The flower of the Roman patriciate was wallowing in this monstrous treachery.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • Among the districts of Italy some have and some have not a patriciate.

    Rome

    Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker

  • What they did do was to break up and practically abolish the patriciate.

  • We are at one in this: the praetorian guard will follow my dictates, the patriciate of Rome will bow the knee to thee.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • The patriciate of Rome had combined with the people to place its destinies in Dea Flavia's hands.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy


British Dictionary definitions for patriciate

patriciate

noun
  1. the dignity, position, or rank of a patrician
  2. the class or order of patricians
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