One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of the nature of or relating to a tutelary god of a city or state.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Ernest Bax (1854–1926), Marxist theoretician and activist. From ancient Greek Πολιαδ-, Πολιάς (female) guardian of the city, epithet of Athene as tutelary goddess of Athens + -ic.
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