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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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  • It was a regime which delighted to honour men of Don Carlos's stamp.

  • In the history of India the regime of the Slave Dynasty was not a happy one.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • Gorham had implied that he was the power behind the whole present regime.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • For the government of the Island under the Spanish regime, vide Chap.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • If this present regime assents to that, they can stay in power.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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