Definition of patriciate in English:

patriciate

Syllabification: pa·tri·ci·ate
Pronunciation: /pəˈtriSHē-it, -ˌāt
 
/

noun

1A noble order or class: the Venetian merchants became a great hereditary patriciate
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  • Her book opens with a discussion of the changing understanding of the notion of nobility, and the ways in which the aspirations of the Venetian patriciate towards nobility developed during the course of the renaissance.
  • As defeatism spread from meetings and rallies into the social clubs of the wealthy and renowned, the Unionist patriciate expressed dismay.
  • Finally, the crisis with the Gracchus brothers revealed the weakness of the patriciate and of the constitution.
1.1The position or rank of patrician in ancient Rome.

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