Jamahiriya

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Transliterates the Arabic neologism جماهيرية([state] of the masses), which derives from جمهورية(jumhūriyya, republic) by changing the first element, جمهور(jumhūr, public), to its plural form, جماهير(jamāhīr, the masses).

Noun[edit]

Jamahiriya ‎(uncountable)

  1. State of the masses; people's republic; the form of the Libyan state ruled by Muammar Gaddafi from 1977-2011, during which time it was known as the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.