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 first as the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya then as the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.