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Comitia \Co*mi"ti*a\, n. pl. [L.] (Rom. Antiq.) A public assembly of the Roman people for electing officers or passing laws.

Note: There were three kinds of comitia: comitia curiata, or assembly of the patricians, who voted in curi[ae]; comitia centuriata, or assembly of the whole Roman people, who voted by centuries; and comitia tributa, or assembly of the plebeians according to their division into tribes.


n. (context historical English) A popular legislative assembly in ancient Rome

Usage examples of "comitia".

Comitia and turned left to walk between the temple of Saturn and the vaulted arcade opposite housing the Twelve Gods, they paused, stopped, swung their heads toward the Clivus Argentarius and began to cheer in an acclamation far louder than that they had accorded Sulla.

Our demagogues content themselves with inflaming the habitual frequenters of the Comitia, and work their will through legislation.

He has the services of the Senate and all the Comitia as advisory bodies, he has his Master of the Horse, and he has however many magistrates he chooses to see elected beneath him.

As the attendance was so poor, the public slaves holding the ropes separating tribe from tribe had no need to send the more numerous tribes to rope enclosures outside the Comitia well.

Suffrage was almost universal among freemen, but down almost to the Empire, the people voted by orders, and were counted, not numerically, but by the rank of the order, and the comitia curiata could always carry the election over the comitia centuriata, and thus power remained always in the hands of the rich and noble few.

Normally there were two consuls who were appointed each year by the comitia centuriata.

I was gently reared, I was, and bought by a wealthy member of the Comitia to stand tutor to his children .