Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, disgrace; suspension of the civil rights of a person in punishment of grave offenses; outlawry; civil disfranchisement; degradation. It was perpetual and total (sometimes hereditary), or temporary, or partial and affecting only certain privileges of the citizen. It often involved confiscation of property.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Gr. Antiq.) Public disgrace or stigma; infamy; loss of civil rights.
- Ancient Greek privative a- + honour. (Wiktionary)
“Lastly, Solon decreed that all those who had been condemned by the archons to _atimy_ (civil disfranchisement) should be restored to their full privileges of citizens -- excepting, however, from this indulgence those who had been condemned by the Ephetæ, or by the Areopagus, or by the Phylo-Basileis (the four kings of the tribes), after trial in the”
“Strictly speaking, this seems more in the nature of an emphatic moral denunciation, or a religious curse, than a legal sanction capable of being formally applied in an individual case and after judicial trial, -- though the sentence of _atimy_, under the more elaborated Attic procedure, was both definite in its penal consequences and also judicially delivered.”
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