- (with reference to Germany) empire; realm; nation.
- the German state, especially during the Nazi period.
Origin of Reich1
- Stephen MichaelSteve, born 1936, U.S. composer.
- Wil·helm [vil-helm] /ˈvɪl hɛlm/, 1897–1957, Austrian psychoanalyst in the U.S.
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Contemporary Examples of reich
He thus appointed Strauss to the post of president of the Reich Chamber of Music in 1933.Top Nazis And Their Complicated Relationship With Artists
November 30, 2014
One example of that: Rudel was a prominent member of the neo-Nazi German Reich Party from 1953 onward.American Warplane’s Forgotten Nazi Past
October 12, 2014
The Third Reich met its nemesis as much here as it had—albeit in far greater numbers—at Stalingrad.The Deadly Trap Behind D-Day’s Beaches
June 5, 2014
The regime, which was very similar to the German Third Reich, was never put on trial.Inside ‘Maidan’: Sergei Loznitsa on His Ukrainian Uprising Doc and Putin’s ‘Fascist’ Regime
May 24, 2014
A victor splintered and embittered, careening into the Third Reich.‘The Embrace of Unreason’: How France Lost It All Between the Wars
May 4, 2014
Historical Examples of reich
Vacant Reich could not in the least attend to it; nor can we further at present.
The Reich is defenceless, at the feet of Kleist and his 6,000.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XX. (of XXI.)
The pity was, for the Reich if not for him, he could not himself become Kaiser.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol, II. (of XXI.)
Cannot the Reich be roused for settlement of this Bavarian-Austrian quarrel?
"Compensation;" "The Reich as good as mine:" Whither is all this tending?
- the Holy Roman Empire (First Reich)
- the Hohenzollern empire from 1871 to 1919 (Second Reich)
- the Weimar Republic from 1919 to 1933
- the Nazi dictatorship from 1933 to 1945 (Third Reich)
Word Origin for Reich
- Steve . born 1936, US composer, whose works are characterized by the repetition and modification of small rhythmic motifs. His works include Drumming (1971), The Desert Music (1984), and City Life (1995)
- (German raiç) Wilhelm (ˈvɪlhɛlm). 1897–1957, Austrian psychologist, lived in the US. An ardent socialist and advocate of sexual freedom, he proclaimed a cosmic unity of all energy and built a machine (the orgone accumulator) to concentrate this energy on human beings. His books include The Function of the Orgasm (1927)
German, "kingdom, realm, state," from Old High German rihhi, related to Old English rice, from Proto-Germanic *rikja "rule" (cf. Old Norse riki, Danish rige, Old Frisian and Middle Dutch rike, Dutch rijk, Gothic reiki), from PIE *reg- (1) "move in a straight line," hence, "direct in a straight line, rule, guide" (see regal). Used in English from 1871-1945 to refer to "the German state, Germany." Most notoriously in Third Reich (see third); there never was a First or Second in English usage.