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 (pə-trĭsh′ē-ĭt, -āt′)
1. Nobility or aristocracy.
2. The rank, position, or term of office of a patrician.

[Latin patriciātus, from patricius, patrician; see patrician.]


(pəˈtrɪʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
1. (Historical Terms) the dignity, position, or rank of a patrician
2. (Historical Terms) the class or order of patricians


(pəˈtrɪʃ i ɪt, -ˌeɪt)

1. the patrician class.
2. patrician rank.
[1650–60; < Medieval Latin patriciātus < Latin patrici(us) patrician]
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"Until now I don't have a dream like Everest, but I have other goals, for example this year, I would like to patriciate in the UTMB race in Jabal Al Akhdar, and so I am currently training for that.
In the first place, the revolutionary upheaval had helped him establish firm bonds with the local patriciate, who accepted him as one of their own.
Many international artists patriciate in the festival every year, that's why it is considered the second biggest music festival in the world; Donauinselfest in Vienna being the biggest.
that the people who commissioned these portraits much more frequently belonged to the urban patriciate and the merchants than to the nobility or clergy.
Seeking to derail the almost exclusive attention on the ruling Medici family in studies on Florence from 1600 to 1660, Goudriaan shows how educated members of the Florentine patriciate contributed substantially to the cultural success of the Medici court, and how their networks were responsible for many cultural innovations in Florentine society.
The architect's search for calm and orderly structure, so appealing to the Venetian patriciate as it set down roots in the mainland dominion at the end of the Cognac war, may have been inspired by his birth in Padua at the outset of the Cambrai Wars (Puppi 13-20).
The party's right wing is terrified at the ever-growing consensus that starving peasants to keep the selfindulgent patriciate in fineries is moral and philosophical bankruptcy at its most repellent.
Devoid of control, any other inferior copies containing each of these factors independently, or in combination, could have a deleterious and pervasive effect on his reputation and legacy.52 Relatively few viewed his paintings in the original, whereas numerous individuals observed multiples of his work as they changed hands at all levels of society from apprentice shopkeepers to the patriciate.
That name--Booth Tarkington-suggests complacent plumpness, but Booth was a slender son of the Indianapolis patriciate and an obnoxious golden boy, as he describes with self-deprecating charm in the enchanting first half of America Moved.
While highlighting the prominent position of military cadres among the wealthiest groups, Canbakal demonstrates that elite military and civilian groups alike engaged in similar economic activities, and on that basis she argues that, overall, common interests bound them together, making them a relatively homogeneous class not unlike a patriciate.
What can be said is that Wolfe's fancy was stimulated to a high pitch by his sojourn among the Hudson River patriciate; and that it clearly recalled an enchanted fairyland with archetypal characters.