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  • adj. Of or pertaining to a master.


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  • It is evident from what has been said, that a herile and a political government are not the same, or that all governments are alike to each other, as some affirm; for one is adapted to the nature of freemen, the other to that of slaves.

    Politics: A Treatise on Government

  • Within this scheme, Hobbes defined despotical do - minion (in the Latin version; dominium herile in servos):

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • In his De iure belli ac pacis (1625), Grotius designated despotism by the word herilis, as in imperium herile; as did Pufendorf, in his De iure naturae et gentium libri octo (1673), a chapter of which is called De potestate herili.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Some persons have thought that the power of the master over his slave originates from his superior knowledge, and that this knowledge is the same in the master, the magistrate, and the king, as we have already said; but others think that herile government is contrary to nature, and that it is the law which makes one man a slave and another free, but that in nature there is no difference; for which reason that power cannot be founded in justice, but in force.

    Politics: A Treatise on Government


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