Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the 6,000 citizens chosen each year in ancient Athens to sit in the law courts, with functions resembling those of a judge and juror.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A juror in ancient Athens.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A functionary in ancient Athens resembling closely to the modern juryman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ancient Athens, one of 6,000 citizens who were chosen by lot annually to sit as judges, in greater or less number according to the importance of the case, and whose functions corresponded to those of the modern juryman and judge combined.

Etymologies

Greek dikastēs, judge, from dikazein, to judge, from dikē, right, custom; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Philocleon is a bigoted devotee of the malady of litigiousness so typical of his countrymen and an enthusiastic attendant at the Courts in his capacity of 'dicast' or juryman.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 2

  • Each "dicast" (to use the proper name) has a boxwood tablet to show at the entrance as his voucher to the Scythian police-archers on duty; he has also a special staff of the color of the paint on the door of the court room. [

    A Day in Old Athens; a Picture of Athenian Life

  • And this is the reason why in our State, and in our State only, we shall find a shoemaker to be a shoemaker and not a pilot also, and a husbandman to be a husbandman and not a dicast also, and a soldier a soldier and not a trader also, and the same throughout?

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett

  • For the power does not reside in the dicast, or senator, or ecclesiast, but in the court, and the senate, and the assembly, of which individual senators, or ecclesiasts, or dicasts, are only parts or members.

    Politics

  • Now of offices some are discontinuous, and the same persons are not allowed to hold them twice, or can only hold them after a fixed interval; others have no limit of time — for example, the office of a dicast or ecclesiast.

    Politics

  • Let us not dwell further upon this, which is a purely verbal question; what we want is a common term including both dicast and ecclesiast.

    Politics

  • Here, Demos, feast on this dish; it is your salary as a dicast, which you gain through me for doing naught.

    The Knights

  • The final part might almost be a separate play, under the title perhaps of 'The dicast turned gentleman,' and relates various ridiculous mistakes and laughable blunders committed by

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 2

  • [698] It was the custom at Athens to draw lots to decide in which Court each dicast should serve; Praxagora proposes to apply the same system to decide the dining station for each citizen.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 2

  • He extended enormously, if he did not originate, the practice of distributing gratuities among the citizens for military service, for acting as dicast and in the Ecclesia and the like, as well as for admission to the theatre -- then really a great school for manners and instruction.

    Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8 A series of pen and pencil sketches of the lives of more than 200 of the most prominent personages in History

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