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  1. a chief magistrate of ancient Athens
  • 1980: Hated by the archons of Athens for his fearless condemnation of municipal graft, he was hypocritically arraigned on a charge of corrupting Athenian youth. (Burgess, Earthly Powers)
    1. a ruler, head of state or other leader
  • 1922: But neither the midwife"s lore nor the caudlectures saved him from the archons of Sinn Fein and their noggin of hemlock. (Joyce, Ulysses)
    1. (gnosticism) a supernatural being subordinate to the Demiurge
  • Etymology: Greek "ruler", a noun use of the present participle of "to rule".

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