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patriciate

[puh-trish-ee-it, ‐eyt] /pəˈtrɪʃ i ɪt, ‐ˌeɪt/
noun
1.
the patrician class.
2.
patrician rank.
Origin of patriciate
1650-1660
1650-60; < Medieval Latin patriciātus equivalent to Latin patrici(us) (see patrician) + -ātus -ate1
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patriciate

/pəˈtrɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
noun
1.
the dignity, position, or rank of a patrician
2.
the class or order of patricians
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