Definitions

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  • n. In ancient Greece, a resident alien who did not have citizen rights and who paid a tax for the right to live there.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sojourner; an immigrant; an alien resident in a Grecian city, but not a citizen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An emigrant or immigrant; specifically, in ancient Greece, a resident alien who in general bore the burdens of a citizen, and had some of the citizen's privileges; hence, any resident alien.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an alien who paid a fee to reside in an ancient Greek city

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Examples

  • Even if a slave becomes freed, he does not become an Athenian citizen; he is only a "metic," a resident foreigner, and his old master, or some other Athenian, must be his patron and representative in every kind of legal business.

    A Day in Old Athens; a Picture of Athenian Life

  • But the convoluted arith - metic also holds a broader lesson about Bush's second term.

    BUSH'S NEW WORRIES FOR THE ECONOMY

  • A force of metic hoplites amounting to at least three thousand took part in the invasion, and also a large number of light-armed troops.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • He who is not a metic, if he comes to the rescue, shall have praise, and if he do not come, blame.

    Laws

  • If a man sells any adulterated goods and will not obey these regulations, he who knows and can prove the fact, and does prove it in the presence of the magistrates, if he be a slave or a metic, shall have the adulterated goods; but if he be a citizen, and do not pursue the charge, he shall be called a rogue, and deemed to have robbed the

    Laws

  • But if a stranger or metic smite one who is older by twenty years or more, the same law shall hold about the bystanders assisting, and he who is found guilty in such a suit, if he be a stranger but not resident, shall be imprisoned during a period of two years; and a metic who disobeys the laws shall be imprisoned for three years, unless the court assign him a longer term.

    Laws

  • If he be a metic, let him be absent for a year, or if he be an entire stranger, in addition to the purification, whether he have slain a stranger, or a metic, or a citizen, he shall be banished for life from the country which is in possession of our laws.

    Laws

  • This shall be the second law: — He who engages in retail trade must be either a metic or a stranger.

    Laws

  • I mean that the father grows accustomed to descend to the level of his sons and to fear them, and the son is on a level with his father, he having no respect or reverence for either of his parents; and this is his freedom; and the metic is equal with the citizen, and the citizen with the metic, and the stranger is quite as good as either.

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett

  • But my father's affair with a Syracusan woman had made my half brother a metic -- able to live and work in Athens, paying taxes, attending festivals, but not able to vote -- a kind of half citizen.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

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  • Ancient Greeks taxed metics (resident aliens) for the privilege of living in their cities.

    July 5, 2010