from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The first or supreme place; primacy.
  • noun A principality.
  • noun Same as principality, 5.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Principality; supreme rule.

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  • noun in Ancient Rome The period of the early Roman Empire during which some characteristics of republican government were retained


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  • ... the kind of principate one has over slaves; ...


  • ... the kind of principate one has over slaves; ...

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas 1925

  • She was also a perpetual presence at his side in the popular anecdotes of his principate that made the rounds of Roman society long after his downfall.

    Caesars’ Wives Annelise Freisenbruch 2010

  • Heir to the Araldis principate, his father planned to rip Mira's talent from her and transfer it to Trin.

    "Mirror Space - Sentients of Orion 3" by Marianne de Pierres (Reviewed by Liviu Suciu) Liviu 2009

  • PARENTI: Yes, Augustus took that same term -- well, he called himself "the principate," the prime man, the first man, "first citizen," literally.

    The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People�s History of Ancient Rome 2003

  • A widespread conspiracy was organized to put C. Calpurnius Piso into the principate.

    61 2001

  • These are the ruins of an exceptional monument, begun during Trajan's principate (A.D. 98-117) and finished by his successor, Hadrian, in A.D.

    Trajan's Glorious Forum 1998

  • His name, Simon had found. out from her easily enough, was currently Da-Ud tam Altair, and he was Court Traitor to a small religious principate on the Gulf of the Rood, on the InContinent, half the world away from Druidsfall.

    Anywhen Blish, James 1970

  • Christ did not give to the apostles, but a ministerial principate


  • The papal principate was established only for the salvation of believers, not for the Pope's honor or advantage.



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