Raj

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See also: raj and ráj

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).[1] Doublet of Reich and riche.

Proper noun[edit]

Raj (historical)

  1. Short for British Raj; the period of colonial rule of the Indian subcontinent by the British Empire between 1858 and 1947.
    Synonym: British India
    during the Raj
  2. (proscribed) The whole period of British influence or rule in the Indian subcontinent from the 1600s to 1947.
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Noun[edit]

Raj (plural Rajes)

  1. (by extension from the proper noun) A system of government where authority is exercised by a specific group.
    • 1965, New Race[1], 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.
    • 1999, Ronald J. Herring, Meredith Jung-En Woo, editor, The Developmental State, →ISBN, page 310:
      Concern that the license - permit quota raj was stifling growth focused on the drop in the rate of growth in industry after 1965...
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Etymology 2[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Raj

  1. (India, journalism) Abbreviation of Rajasthan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Compare “raj, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “Raj, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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