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[sey-truh-pee, sa-]
noun, plural sa·trap·ies.
  1. the province or jurisdiction of a satrap.
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Origin of satrapy

1595–1605; < Latin satrapia < Greek satrapeía, equivalent to satrape-, stem of satrápēs satrap + -ia -y3
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Examples from the Web for satrapy

Historical Examples

  • The twelfth satrapy, known as the satrapy of Sardis, or of Lydia.

    The American Journal of Archaeology, 1893-1


  • I will sell for too much; for—a satrapy of all Palestine, if Artaxerxes likes my looks!

    A King of Tyre

    James M. Ludlow

  • Thus an Anglo-Saxon community can take on the characters of an Oriental satrapy.

  • Cilicia with its metropolis of Tarsus was the fourth satrapy.

  • After the death of Cambyses, the country received a Persian governor, and consequently became a satrapy.

    A Manual of Ancient History

    A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren

British Dictionary definitions for satrapy


noun plural -trapies
  1. the province, office, or period of rule of a satrap
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