Definition of metic in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛtɪk


  • A foreigner living in an ancient Greek city who had some of the privileges of citizenship.
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    • Various subdivisions and subgroups in Athens also had numerous other cultic associations - metics from Phoenicia and metics from Corinth, for instance, had their own cults.
    • His most famous pupil was the Athenian politician Demetrius of Phalerum, through whose influence he, though a metic (resident foreigner), was allowed to own property.
    • An important distinction is that between foreigners passing through and metics settled in the polis.


early 19th century: formed irregularly from Greek metoikos, from meta- (expressing change) + oikos 'dwelling'.

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