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[yoo-pa-trid, yoo-puh-] /yuˈpæ trɪd, ˈyu pə-/
noun, plural eupatridae
[yoo-pa-tri-dee] /yuˈpæ trɪˌdi/ (Show IPA)
one of the hereditary aristocrats of ancient Athens and other states of Greece, who at one time formed the ruling class.
1825-35; < Greek eupatrídēs, literally, of a good father, of noble descent, equivalent to eu- eu- + patr- (stem of patḗr) father + -idēs -id2 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -patridae (-ˈpætrɪˌdiː), -patrids
(in ancient Greece) a hereditary noble or landowner
Word Origin
C19: via Latin from Greek eupatridēs, literally: having a good father, from eu- + patēr father
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(Greek: "of a good father"), member of the nobility of ancient Athens. It is likely that public office before 594 BC was in practice confined to the eupatridae and that they had a political monopoly comparable to that of other Greek aristocracies in the Archaic period. Solon's reforms, by establishing property qualifications for office, limited their power, which disappeared entirely after 580.

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