Centumvir

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Centumvir (Rom. Hist) One of a court of about one hundred judges chosen to try civil suits. Under the empire the court was increased to 180, and met usually in four sections.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n centumvir In ancient Rome, one of a body of 105 (called in round numbers 100) judges, 3 from each of the 35 tribes, appointed to decide common causes among the people. The office of the centumvirs was annual, the presidency of the tribunal belonging to the pretor. The court sat in the Julian basilica, in four sections, each presided over by a decemvir or an exquestor. Under the empire their number was increased to 180, or perhaps more.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Centumvir sen-tum′vir one of the Roman judges chosen annually for civil suits, originally 105 in number (three from each of the thirty-five tribes)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. centum, hundred + Vir, man
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. centum, a hundred, and vir, a man.