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Nov 13, 2007
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Words to describe people

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mystagogue
patrician
recalcitrant
platitudinarian
macroscian

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patrician

(puh-TRISH-uhn) Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun: A person of high social rank, good background, etc.; an aristocrat.

[From Latin patricius (having a noble father), from pater (father).]

"The exciting new tie width even spawned a musical genre (probably invented by some dull, pipe-smoking patrician at Rolling Stone Magazine)."
Simon Mills; The Day Ties Went Size Zero; The Guardian (London, UK); Oct 26, 2007.

See more usage examples of patrician in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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