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One of the 6,000 citizens chosen each year in ancient Athens to sit in the law courts, with functions resembling those of a judge and juror.
[Greek dikastēs, judge, from dikazein, to judge, from dikē, right, custom; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Athens) a juror in the popular courts chosen by lot from a list of citizens
2. (Law) (in ancient Athens) a juror in the popular courts chosen by lot from a list of citizens
[C19: from Greek dikastēs, from dikazein to judge, from dikē right, judgment, order]
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di•cast(ˈdaɪ kæst, ˈdɪk æst)
(in ancient Athens) one of 6000 citizens chosen by lot each year to sit as a judge.
[1700–10; < Greek dikastḗs]
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