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[rahj] /rɑdʒ/
noun, (often initial capital letter)
(in India) rule, especially the British rule prior to 1947.
Origin of raj
1790-1800; < Hindi rāj < Pali, Prakrit rajja < Sanskrit rājya kingdom, rule Unabridged
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  • raj Shiva parried the blow with his forearm, then his big hands moved swiftly and the knife clattered to the floor.

  • A false policy to my mind, and one that in the end will not strengthen the British raj!

  • You have been told that it needed but an effort to overthrow the British raj.

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  • Pandit was a big man by Ophiuchan standards, but raj Shiva was bigger.

  • But if she didn't maintain the dive until the last possible instant, raj Shiva would get control of the ship and its vital cargo.

British Dictionary definitions for raj


(in India) government; rule
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi, from Sanskrit rājya, from rājati he rules


the Raj, the British government in India before 1947
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Word Origin and History for raj



British rule in India, 1859, from Hindi raj "rule, dominion, kingdom" (see rajah).

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