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  • noun Plural form of plebeian.

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Examples

  • Among the causes which enfranchised the plebeians from the yoke of feudal tyranny, the institution of cities and corporations is one of the most powerful; and if those of Palestine are coeval with the first crusade, they may be ranked with the most ancient of the

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Kentucky had been granted by the year 1790, the patrician land-holding element was completely submerged by the flood of so-called plebeians who came in soon after Kentucky became a State.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 3, 1918

  • Among the laws of the Twelve Tables, the particular one which had at this time excited the plebeians was a statute prohibiting marriages between members of their order and the patricians.

    The Story of Rome from the Earliest Times to the End of the Republic

  • The next gain made by the plebeians was the annual appointment from their own ranks of two officers, called AEDILES.

    Ancient Rome : from the earliest times down to 476 A. D.

  • Likewise the plebeians are the same all over the world; whatever their presumptions or denials, they believe that they are here to get what they can out of

    Germany and the Germans From an American Point of View

  • When Livy wants to express the horror of the old patrician families at the idea of plebeians being consuls -- men who had no knowledge of the _ius divinum_ and no right to have any -- he makes

    The Religious Experience of the Roman People From the Earliest Times to the Age of Augustus

  • To prevent bloodshed I removed up stairs and took up quarters with the untitled plebeians in one of the fourteen white pine cot-bedsteads that stood in two long ranks in the one sole room of which the second story consisted.

    Roughing It

  • To prevent bloodshed I removed up stairs and took up quarters with the untitled plebeians in one of the fourteen white pine cot-bedsteads that stood in two long ranks in the one sole room of which the second story consisted.

    Roughing It, Part 3.

  • To prevent bloodshed I removed up stairs and took up quarters with the untitled plebeians in one of the fourteen white pine cot-bedsteads that stood in two long ranks in the one sole room of which the second story consisted.

    Roughing It

  • Settlers who came in later were called plebeians, or the people, and at first had no rights at all, for all the land belonged to the patricians, and the only way for the plebeians to get anything done for them was to become hangers-on -- or, as they called it, clients -- of some patrician who took care of their interests.

    Young Folks' History of Rome

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