from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A Spartan law or alien act which prohibited strangers from residing in Sparta without permission.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Gr. Antiq.) A Spartan institution which prohibited strangers from residing in Sparta without permission, its object probably being to preserve the national simplicity of manners.
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On the other hand, the refusal of states to receive others, and for their own citizens never to go to other places, is an utter impossibility, and to the rest of the world is likely to appear ruthless and uncivilized; it is a practise adopted by people who use harsh words, such as xenelasia or banishment of strangers, and who have harsh and morose ways, as men think.