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or régime

[ruh-zheem, rey-, or, sometimes, -jeem] /rəˈʒim, reɪ-, or, sometimes, -ˈdʒim/
a mode or system of rule or government:
a dictatorial regime.
a ruling or prevailing system.
a government in power.
the period during which a particular government or ruling system is in power.
Medicine/Medical. regimen (def 1).
Origin of regime
1770-80; < French régime < Latin regimen regimen
Can be confused
regime, regimen, regiment. Unabridged
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  • The three bridges we need the most can't be laid under the present regime.

    The Blue and The Gray A. R. White
  • In the history of India the regime of the Slave Dynasty was not a happy one.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • You mentioned that Oswald spoke of injustices which took place295 during the Batista regime.

    Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Gorham had implied that he was the power behind the whole present regime.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • The body by certain exercises and regime may be educated to draw a constantly increasing amount of vitality from growing nature.

British Dictionary definitions for regime


a system of government or a particular administration: a fascist regime, the regime of Fidel Castro
a social system or order
(med) another word for regimen (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Latin regimen guidance, from regere to rule
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Word Origin and History for regime

"system of government or rule," 1792, from French régime, from Old French regimen (14c.), from Latin regimen "rule, guidance, government, means of guidance, rudder," from regere (see regal). Earlier "course of diet, exercise," late 15c. In French, l'ancien régime refers to the system of government before the revolution of 1789.

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regime in Medicine

regime re·gime (rā-zhēm', rĭ-)
A regulated system, as of diet and exercise; a regimen.

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regime in Culture
regime [(ray-zheem, ri-zheem)]

An administration, or a system of managing government.

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