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King James Dictionary
PUB'LICAN, n. L.publicanus, from publicus.
1. A collector of toll or tribute. Among the Romans, a publican was a farmer of the taxes and public revenues,and the inferior officers of this class were deemed oppressive.
As Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. Matthew 9
2. The keeper of a public house an innkeeper.
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