Petalism Pet"al*ism, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? a leaf: cf. F. p['e]talisme.] (Gr. Antiq.) A form of sentence among the ancient Syracusans by which they banished for five years a citizen suspected of having dangerous influence or ambition. It was similar to the ostracism in Athens; but olive leaves were used instead of shells for ballots. [1913 Webster]

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  • Petalism — In ancient Syracuse Petalism was a form of banishment similar to ostracism in Athens. In a special vote, citizens wrote on leaves (Greek petala, leaves, ) the names of those they wished to banish from public life. In Athens, names were written on …   Wikipedia

  • PETALISM —    banishment in Sparta similar to ostracism in Athens, procured by writing the name on an olive leaf …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • petalism — pet·al·ism …   English syllables

  • petalism — lˌizəm noun ( s) Etymology: Greek petalismos banishment by voting with olive leaves, from petalon leaf + ismos ism : an ancient Syracusan method of banishing for five years a citizen suspected of having dangerous influence or ambition compare… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ostracism — For ostracized in interpersonal relationships, see Social rejection. Pieces of broken pottery as voting tokens. The persons nominated are Pericles, Cimon and Aristides, each with his patronymic (top to bottom). Ostracism (Greek: έξω ο …   Wikipedia

  • Syracuse — • Archdiocese of Syracuse (Syracusana) in Sicily • The Diocese of Syracuse, in the State of New York Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Syracuse     Syracuse …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • pétalisme — ⇒PÉTALISME, subst. masc. ANTIQ. Vote populaire en usage à Syracuse et qui condamnait à l exil pendant cinq ans les personnages jugés dangereux pour la liberté publique. À Syracuse, on exerçait une sorte de jugement contre ceux qui étaient trop… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • πεταλισμοῦ — πεταλισμός petalism masc gen sg …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • πεταλισμόν — πεταλισμός petalism masc acc sg …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

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