Word Summary
politeia: citizenship
Original Word: πολιτεία
Transliteration: politeia
Phonetic Spelling: (pol-ee-ti'-ah)
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Short Definition: citizenship
Meaning: citizenship
Strong's Concordance

From polites ("polity"); citizenship; concretely, a community -- commonwealth, freedom.

see GREEK polites

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 4174: πολιτεία

πολιτεία, πολιτείας, (πολιτεύω);

1. the administration of civil affairs (Xenophon, mem. 3, 9, 15; Aristophanes, Aeschines, Demosthenes (others)).

2. a state, commonwealth (2 Macc. 4:11 2Macc. 8:17 2Macc. 13:14; Xenophon, Plato, Thucydides (others)): with a genitive of the possessor, τοῦ Ἰσραήλ, spoken of the theocratic or divine commonwealth, Ephesians 2:12.

3. citizenship, the rights of a citizen (some make this sense the primary one): Acts 22:28 (3Macc. 3:21, 23; Herodotus 9, 34; Xenophon, Hell. 1, 1, 26; 1, 2, 10; (4, 4, 6, etc.); Demosthenes, Polybius, Diodorus, Josephus, others).