metic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n metic an alien who paid a fee to reside in an ancient Greek city
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Metic (Gr. Antiq) A sojourner; an immigrant; an alien resident in a Grecian city, but not a citizen. "The whole force of Athens, metics as well as citizens, and all the strangers who were then in the city."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n metic An emigrant or immigrant; specifically, in ancient Greece, a resident alien who in general bore the burdens of a citizen, and had some of the citizen's privileges; hence, any resident alien.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Metic met′ik an immigrant, a resident alien.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , prop., changing one's abode; , indicating change + house, abode: cf. L. metoecus, F. métèque,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. meta, over, oikos, a house.

Usage

In literature:

A metic must purchase the choice fruit; but a stranger may pluck for himself and his attendant.
"Laws" by Plato
You go too fas' for my 'rit'metic.
"The River's Children" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
Salts an' 'metics, not him!
"Peccavi" by E. W. Hornung
Then a crimson satin bag, containing letters for Metical Aga, his chief minister, sword-bearer, and favourite!
"The Life and Adventures of Bruce, the African Traveller" by Francis Head
The freed man, when liberated, does not become a citizen, but is only a non-citizen or metic.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume IV (of 4)" by George Grote
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In news:

This ad is anti-sign- metic .
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