di·​cast | \ ˈdī-ˌkast How to pronounce dicast (audio) , ˈdi- How to pronounce dicast (audio) \

Definition of dicast

: an ancient Athenian performing the functions of both judge and juror at a trial

First Known Use of dicast

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dicast

borrowed from Greek dikastḗs, from dikad-, stem of dikázein "to judge, pass judgment" (verbal derivative of díkē "custom, usage, order, justice, judgment, lawsuit, penalty," probably derivative from the Indo-European verbal base *dei̯ḱ- "show, point out") + -tēs, agent suffix — more at diction

Note: Compare, parallel to Greek, if not of Indo-European date, Sanskrit diś- "cardinal point," Latin dicis causā, dicis grātiā "for the sake of appearance/form."

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3 Sep 2020

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“Dicast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dicast. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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