from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Roman citizens.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The citizens of ancient Rome considered in their civil capacity.
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"Quirites" he had called them; no longer Roman legionaries, proud of their achievements, and glorying in their great commander, but "quirites" -- plain citizens.
Our quirites are bribed; and for plunder and promise of gain
No doubt, the "icy" Ravel, the artist "à qui l'absence de sensibilité fait encore une personalité," as one of the quirites termed him, never existed save in the minds of those unable to comprehend his reticence and delicacy and essentiality.
In Rome also, where the tradition of the classic forms of paganism still survives, Ferri was hailed in a public hall, in the name of all the "proletarian quirites," as "the greatest among the great."
Mr Mulligan however made court to the scholarly by an apt quotation from the classics which, as it dwelt upon his memory, seemed to him a sound and tasteful support of his contention: _Talis ac tanta depravatio hujus seculi, O quirites, ut matresfamiliarum nostrae lascivas cujuslibet semiviri libici titillationes testibus ponderosis atque excelsis erectionibus centurionum Romanorum magnopere anteponunt_, while for those of ruder wit he drove home his point by analogies of the animal kingdom more suitable to their stomach, the buck and doe of the forest glade, the farmyard drake and duck.
_quirites_ were Greeks, shaggy men from the North with blue eyes,
"You say well, quirites,"  he answered; "you have labored hard, and you have suffered much; you desire your discharge -- you have it.