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Prussia

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noun
  1. a former state in N Europe: became a military power in the 18th century and in 1871 led the formation of the German empire; formally abolished as an administrative unit in 1947.
German Preussen.
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Examples from the Web for prussia

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  • But I have been away so long, and everything is changed since the King of Prussia began his wars.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • His object was to have a personal interview with the King of Prussia.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • Broad privileges were granted, but Prussia remained an absolute monarchy.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • On the night of the 29th came the news by telegraph—“First blood for Prussia!”

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

  • Oct. 14th, 1806, the terrible defeat at Jena put Prussia in the hands of the enemy.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel


British Dictionary definitions for prussia

Prussia

noun
  1. a former German state in N and central Germany, extending from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic Sea and Poland: developed as the chief military power of the Continent, leading the North German Confederation from 1867–71, when the German Empire was established; dissolved in 1947 and divided between East and West Germany, Poland, and the former Soviet Union. Area: (in 1939) 294 081 sq km (113 545 sq miles)German name: Preussen
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Word Origin and History for prussia

Prussia

n.

from Medieval Latin Borussi, Prusi, Latinized forms of the native name of the Lithuanian people who lived in the bend of the Baltic before being conquered 12c. and exterminated by (mostly) German crusaders who replaced them as the inhabitants. Perhaps from Slavic *Po-Rus "(The Land) Near the Rusi" (Russians). The duchy of Prussia after union with the Mark of Brandenberg, became the core of the Prussian monarchy and later the chief state in the German Empire.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

prussia in Culture

Prussia

Former state in north-central Germany. At the height of its power, Prussia occupied more than half of present-day Germany, stretching from The Netherlands and Belgium in the west to Lithuania in the east.

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During the eighteenth century, Prussia established its independence from Poland, built up a strong army, and undertook a successful conquest of north-central Europe.

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In the nineteenth century, Prussia led the economic and political unification of the German states, establishing itself as the largest and most influential of these states, with Berlin as the capital of the German Empire.

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After Germany's defeat in World War II, Prussia was abolished as a state, and its territory was divided among East Germany, West Germany, the Soviet Union, and Poland.

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Prussians are often depicted as authoritarian, militaristic, and extremely orderly, a characterization based on the unswerving obedience of their army.
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