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Entry for Strong's #4175 - πολίτευμα

Word Origin
from (4176)
Parts of Speech
Noun Neuter
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. the administration of civil affairs or of a commonwealth
  2. the constitution of a commonwealth, form of government and the laws by which it is administered
  3. a state, commonwealth
    1. the commonwealth of citizens
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
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Philippians 1
Philippians 1
Philippians 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

πολῑτ-ευμα, ατος, τό,

business of government, act of administration, D. 18.108, 136: more freq. in pl., measures of government or institutions, Pl. Lg. 945d, Isoc. 7.78; τῶν τοιούτων π. οὐδὲν πολιτεύομαι D. 8.71; ἔν τε τοῖς κατὰ τὴν πόλιν π. καὶ ἐν τοῖς Ἑλληνικοῖς both in my home and foreign policy, Id. 18.109; κάλλιστον π. ἐποιήσατο IG 42(1).81.9 (Epid., i A. D. ); π. Catonis Cic. Att. 6.1.13, cf. 9.7.3 .

II the concrete of πολιτεία 111, the government, π. ἐστὶν ἡ πολιτεία Arist. Pol. 1278b11, cf. 1279a26, 1283b31, etc.; οἱ ἐν π. the citizens, ib. 1303b26, cf. 1305b34; τὸ τῆς δημοκρατίας π. Aeschin. 2.172; τὸ πάτριον π. Plb. 5.9.9, cf. 4.25.7 (pl.); π. ἀκέραια, σωφρονικά, Id. 1.13.12, D.H. 1.41; τὰ π. free republics, D.S. 18.69; form of government, πολίτεομα (sic) εἶναι ἐν Χίῳ δῆμον SIG 283.3 (Edict of Alexander, Chios, iv B.C. ), cf. Decr. Att. ap. Plu. 2.851f.

III citizen rights, citizenship, ἀξίους τοῦ παρ' ὑμῖν π. IG 9(2).517.6 (Larissa, Epist. Philipp. V), etc.: metaph., ἡμῶν τὸ π. ἐν οὐρανοῖς ὑπάρχει Ep.Philippians 3:20 . concrete, body of citizens, τὸ π. τὸ Μιλησίων SIG 633.59 (Milet., ii B. C. ), cf. OGI 229.60 (Smyrna, iii B.C. ), etc.; souereign body, Arist. Pol. 1302b16, 1332b31; π. ἔστω οἱ μύριοι Abh.Berl.Akad. 1925 (5).6 ( Cyrene ); πᾶν τὸ π. ib.7.

2. corporate body of citizens resident in a foreign city, Καυνίων τὸ π. (at Sidon) OGI 592; τὸ π. τῶν ἐν Βερενίκῃ Ἰουδαίων CIG 5361.21; τὸ π. τῶν Κρητῶν (in Egypt) PTeb. 32.17 (ii B.C.) . generally, corporate body, association, τὸ π. τῶν γυναικῶν BCH 15.182,205 ( Panamara ); τὸ π. τινός founded by a person, Sammelb. 5793 (i A.D.) .

Thayer's Expanded Definition

πολίτευμα, πολιτευματος, τό (πολιτεύω), in Greek writings from Plato down;

1. the administration of civil affairs or of a commonwealth (R. V. text (Phil. as below) citizenship).

2. the constitution of a commonwealth, form of government and the laws by which it is administered.

3. a state, commonwealth (so R. V. marginal reading): ἡμῶν, the commonwealth whose citizens we are (see πόλις, b.), Philippians 3:20, cf. Meyer and Wiesinger at the passage; of Christians it is said ἐπί γῆς διατριβουσιν, ἀλλ' ἐν οὐρανῷ πολιτευονται, Epist. ad Diogn. c. 5 [ET]; (τῶν σοφῶν ψυχαί) πατρίδα μέν τόν οὐράνιον χῶρον, ἐν πολιτευονται, ξένον τόν περιγειον ἐν παρῴκησαν νομιζουσαι, Philo de confus. ling. § 17; (γυναῖκες ... τῷ τῆς ἀρετῆς ἐγγεγραμμεναι πολιτευματι, de agricult. § 17 at the end. Cf. especially Lightfoot on Philippians, the passage cited).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

** πολίτευμα , -τος , τό

(< πολιτεύω ),

[in LXX: 2 Maccabees 12:7 *;]

1. an act of administration.

2. a form of government.

3. = πολιτεία ,

(a) citizenship : Philippians 3:20 (R, txt.);

(b) community, commonwealth : Phi, l.c. (R, mg.; for exx, v. MM, xx).†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

P Lond 354.22 (c. B.C. 10) (= II. p. 165). See s.v. προοράω.


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