- (in Russia prior to 1917) a council or official assembly.
- (initial capital letter) an elective legislative assembly, established in 1905 by Nicholas II, constituting the lower house of parliament.
Origin of duma
1865–70; < Russian, Old Russian dúma assembly, council (an early homonym with dúma thought); cognate with Bulgarian dúma word, Slovak duma meditation; Slavic *dum- probably < Gothic dōms judgment (see doom)
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Examples from the Web for duma
“It is not dissimilar from Putin using the Duma to ratify his annexation of the Crimea,” he said.Britain’s PM Cameron And His Awful Assault on Human Rights Court
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Last April, shortly after annexation, the Duma voted for the law allowing gaming zones in Crimea.Putin's Crimea Is a Big Anti-Gay Casino
September 8, 2014
Deputies were full of optimism: sanctions would help to make the Russian economy healthier, Duma members concluded on Wednesday.Is Putin About to Blink?
July 30, 2014
“Our relationship with the U.S. has been growing colder and colder,” said the Duma deputy, Robert Schlegel.Cold Shoulder for Obama
September 4, 2013
Omar and Fouzi are from the West Bank village of Duma, 13 miles southeast of Nablus.Palestinian Children: The Invisible Workers of Israeli Settlements
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If he reveals to the Duma what he knows, then everything must be lost.
The Empress, on hearing what had happened in the Duma, had a fit of hysterics.
Yet he is dangerous, and if he denounces us in the Duma it will come as a bombshell.
Even from the tribune of the Duma it was declared that the Black Cabinet was a fiction.
If thou wilt not postpone the Duma, then the peril will be upon thine own head!
- (usually capital) the elective legislative assembly established by Tsar Nicholas II in 1905: overthrown by the Bolsheviks in 1917
- (before 1917) any official assembly or council
- short for State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament
C20: from duma thought, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic dōms judgment
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Word Origin and History for duma
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