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duma

[doo-muh]
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noun
  1. (in Russia prior to 1917) a council or official assembly.
  2. (initial capital letter) an elective legislative assembly, established in 1905 by Nicholas II, constituting the lower house of parliament.
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Also douma.

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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  • If he reveals to the Duma what he knows, then everything must be lost.

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux

  • The Empress, on hearing what had happened in the Duma, had a fit of hysterics.

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux

  • Yet he is dangerous, and if he denounces us in the Duma it will come as a bombshell.

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux

  • Even from the tribune of the Duma it was declared that the Black Cabinet was a fiction.

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux

  • If thou wilt not postpone the Duma, then the peril will be upon thine own head!

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux


British Dictionary definitions for duma

duma

douma

noun Russian history
  1. (usually capital) the elective legislative assembly established by Tsar Nicholas II in 1905: overthrown by the Bolsheviks in 1917
  2. (before 1917) any official assembly or council
  3. short for State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament
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Word Origin

C20: from duma thought, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic dōms judgment
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Word Origin and History for duma

n.

Russian national assembly, 1870 (in reference to city councils; the national one was set up in 1905), literally "thought," from a Germanic source (cf. Gothic doms "judgment," English doom, deem).

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