- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹɑːdʒ/, (hyperforeign) /ɹɑːʒ/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ɹɑdʒ/
- Rhymes: -ɑːdʒ
- Homophones: raj, Rog (US pronunciation)
Proprialisation of raj (“(India) reign, rule”, noun), borrowed from Hindustani राज / راج (rāj, “reign, rule; empire, kingdom; country, state; royalty”), from Sanskrit राज्य (rājyá, “empire, kingdom, realm; kingship, royalty, sovereignty; country”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵ- (“to right or straighten oneself; to govern, rule; just; right”). Doublet of Reich and riche.
- Short for ; the period of colonial rule of the Indian subcontinent by the British Empire between 1858 and 1947.
- Synonym: British India
- during the Raj
- (proscribed) The whole period of British influence or rule in the Indian subcontinent from the 1600s to 1947.
Raj (plural Rajes)
- (by extension from the proper noun) A system of government where authority is exercised by a specific group.
- 1965, New Race, volume 1:
- After Gandhiji's Ram Raj, which lived and went with him to the wilderness, it was Goonda Raj everywhere[...]There was nothing that the goonda did not manpiulate. He turned community development blocks into chips of self-aggrandisement. Panchyat Raj was the Pentagon of Goonda Raj.