Definition of Optimates

1. n. pl. The nobility or aristocracy of ancient Rome, as opposed to the populares.



Definition of Optimates

1. Noun. (plural of optimate) ¹

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Definition of Optimates

1. optimate [n] - See also: optimate

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Literary usage of Optimates

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1. A History of Rome to the Battle of Actium by Evelyn Shirley Shuckburgh (1894)
"Parties at Both of the two great parties at Rome, the optimates and the Rome. ... The optimates wished to preserve the ancient constitution, the national ..."

2. Cicero: A Sketch of His Life and Works by Hannis Taylor, Mary Lillie Taylor Hunt (1916)
"Expansion drew the line between optimates and ... At the head of the optimates, with their growing estates and swelling millions, backed by vast political ..."

3. The Lombard Communes: A History of the Republics of North Italy by William Francis Thomas Butler (1906)
"We find in Rome and Ravenna in the eighth and ninth centuries the free population divided into four classes : « the clergy, the optimates ..."

4. Select letters by Marcus Tullius Cicero, Albert Watson (1870)
"On the conj., NOTE A. optimates. At the risk of seeming pedantic, I have often used this word to describe one of the parties of the later Roman Commonwealth ..."

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