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[puh-trish-ee-it, ‐eyt] /pəˈtrɪʃ i ɪt, ‐ˌeɪt/
the patrician class.
patrician rank.
Origin of patriciate
1650-60; < Medieval Latin patriciātus equivalent to Latin patrici(us) (see patrician) + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The patriciate, however, did not by any means occupy itself wholly with military service and knightly exercises.

    The Story of Nuremberg Cecil Headlam
  • Among the districts of Italy some have and some have not a patriciate.

    Rome Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
  • But at first it took on no constant form, because, by not abolishing the patriciate, it left half its work undone.

    The Social Contract & Discourses Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • What they did do was to break up and practically abolish the patriciate.

  • The patriciate succeeded the imperial, being the seventh head, and only of short duration, about fifty years.

  • 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
  • It was impossible to impose upon all these nations, without modification, the rigid law of the Roman patriciate.

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

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • The flower of the Roman patriciate was wallowing in this monstrous treachery.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • We have still to speak of the directly political functions of the rich, or, as M. Comte terms them, the patriciate.

    August Comte and Positivism John-Stuart Mill
British Dictionary definitions for patriciate


/pəˈtrɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
the dignity, position, or rank of a patrician
the class or order of patricians
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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