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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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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.
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.
Together with his ancestors, then, Boscan, whose Catalan name is Joan Bosca i Almogaver, formed part of the so-called merchant patriciate, and of the rank known as cavalier or donzell.
a capitalist junta or the proponents of rule by a leisured patriciate.
Six of them are in English, and cover warfare and military structure in the Hungarian Kingdom 1490-1526, representative and representing art foundations of the urban patriciate in Transylvania, the idea of Muscovite autocephaly from 1441 to 1467, the Bohemian diet in the Jagiellonian period 1471-1526, crusading at the time of the Hungarian royal elections of 1490, and Sigismund's response to defeat after the Crusade of Nicoplolis in 1396.
In the brief period before colonial rule was fully consolidated, the OSCYMA provided a means for a younger generation of aspirant community leaders to challenge a conservative patriciate too much associated with the discredited regimes of the past.
After 1650, apart from the Jacobite interlude, it became an avowedly Protestant body, although the patriciate still remained divided between dissenters and adherents of the Church of Ireland.