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patriciate

Syllabification: pa·tri·ci·ate
Pronunciation: /pəˈtriSHē-it, -ˌāt
 
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Definition of patriciate in English:

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.

Words that rhyme with patriciate

initiate, novitiate

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