proxeny

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek προ (pro, for) + ξένος (xenos, stranger)

Noun[edit]

proxeny (plural proxenies)

  1. in Ancient Greece, an arrangement whereby a citizen (chosen by the city) hosted foreign ambassadors at his own expense, in return for honorary titles from the state.
    If there be near me now a man of the Achaians who dwelleth far up the Ionian sea, he shall not upbraid me : I have faith in my proxeny[...] -- Pindarus.

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