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EPHESIANS, EPISTLE TO THE
Ephestia
Ephestia elutella
Ephesus
Ephialtes
Ephipora
Ephippial
Ephippidae
Ephippiorhynchus
Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
Ephippium
EPHLAL
Ephod
Ephoral
Ephoralty
ephorate
Ephori
Ephors
Ephphatha
Ephraim
Ephraim in the wilderness
EPHRAIM, FOREST OF
Ephraim, Gate of
Ephraim, Mount
Ephraim, The tribe of
Ephraim, Wood of

Ephor definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

EPH'OR, n. [Gr. to inspect.]
In ancient Sparta, a magistrate chosen by the people. The ephors were five, and they were intended as a check on the regal power, or according to some writers, on the senate.

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin ephorus, from Greek ephoros, from ephoran to oversee, from epi- + horan to see more at wary Date: 1579 1. one of five ancient Spartan magistrates having power over the king 2. a government official in modern Greece; especially one who oversees public works ephorate noun

Britannica Concise

(Greek, ephoros) Title of the five highest Spartan magistrates. With the two kings of Sparta they formed the state's executive wing. The list of ephors dated back to 754 BC. Every male citizen was eligible for election to the ephorate, which conducted meetings of the gerousia and apella and executed their decrees. The ephors' extensive police powers allowed them to declare war on the helots annually, with legal license to attack and kill them if necessary. In an emergency they could even arrest and try a king.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. Gk Hist. any of five senior magistrates in ancient Sparta. Derivatives: ephorate n. Etymology: Gk ephoros overseer (as EPI-, horao see)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ephor Eph"or, n.; pl. Ephors, L. Ephori. [L. ephorus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to oversee; ? + ? to see: cf. F. ['e]phore.] (Gr. Antiq.) A magistrate; one of a body of five magistrates chosen by the people of ancient Sparta. They exercised control even over the king.



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