One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A household or religious community under one head, regarded as a unit.‘they expelled him and his household familia from the place’
- ‘The Norman system was coloured by Frankish practice and was still firmly entrenched in the familia - the lord's hearth.’
- ‘Not all of his fellow believers enjoyed this advantage, for many of them were slaves in the great familiae or households of the neighborhood.’
- ‘As we have seen, leadership of the religious familia derived from blood hierarchies and/or dependency and required no external adjudication.’
- ‘A vast social distance separated the institutionalized clergy from their familia, the dependant servants, and peasants who enabled the members of the community to devote themselves to their extensive duties of prayer.’
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