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  1. Quirites(ProperNoun)

    The citizens of early Rome

  2. Origin: From Quirītēs "Roman citizens," plural of Quiris (m.).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quirites

    roman citizens

  2. Origin: [L., fr. Cures, a Sabine town.]


  1. Quirites

    Quirites was the earliest name of the citizens of Ancient Rome. The singular is quiris. Sources derive the term from Cures, the capital of the Sabines, who were assimilated by the Romans early on in their traditional ethnogenesis. Combined in the phrase populus Romanus quirites it denoted the individual citizen as contrasted with the community. Hence ius quiritium in Roman law is full Roman citizenship. Subsequently the term lost the military associations due to the original conception of the people as a body of warriors, and was applied to the Romans in domestic affairs, Romani being reserved for foreign affairs. In identifying this name as the possible source of the word cry, the Oxford English Dictionary cites Varro.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quirites

    kwi-rī′tez, n.pl. the citizens of ancient Rome in their civil capacity.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Quirites

    the name the citizens of Rome assumed in their civic capacity.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quirites in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quirites in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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