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aedile

Syllabification: ae·dile
Pronunciation: /ˈēdīl
 
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Definition of aedile in English:

noun

Roman History
Either of two (later four) Roman magistrates responsible for public buildings and originally also for the public games and the supply of grain to the city.
Example sentences
  • He spent enormous amounts of money buying influence, including giving public games as aedile that eclipsed anything that had gone before.
  • Once again, elections were held for aedile, praetor, quaestor and the other traditional offices of the Republic.
  • Normally games were the property of aediles, who spent enormous sums to make sure they would be remembered.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin aedilis 'concerned with buildings', from aedes 'building'.

Derivatives

aedileship

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Until the 2nd century BC, the curule aedileships rotated on a yearly basis between patricians and plebeians.
  • Mamercus was a very wealthy man, and his refusal of the aedileship was the cause of his defeat for the consulship.
  • During the elections for the aedileships a fight broke out and numbers of people were killed.

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