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optimate Line breaks: opti|mate
Pronunciation: /ˈɒptɪmət/

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Definition of optimate in English:

noun (plural optimatesɒptɪˈmeɪtiːz)

1A member of the patrician order in ancient Rome: he privately urged Cicero to determined action on behalf of the optimates
More example sentences
  • Augustus was neither an optimate nor a popularis; he was both, or rather, could be either one as the situation required.
  • He could not force through his two demands in the face of stubborn opposition by the Optimates.
  • Rome had already adopted the system of governing her Italian allies through the influence of the Optimates.
1.1A noble or aristocrat.
Example sentences
  • He practiced law at Florence and observed with optimate disapproval the increasing disinclination of Giuliano and Lorenzo to share power with anyone but their intimates.
  • The sovereign body empowered kings, princes and optimates and could remove them.
  • As Nietzsche said they would, the plebs have got steadily Denser, the optimates Quicker still on the uptake.

Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin plural optimates 'aristocrats', noun use of optimas 'aristocratic', from optimus 'best'.

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