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From Middle English rewme, realme, reaume, from Old French reaume, realme (“kingdom”), of unclear origins. A postulated *rēgālimen (“domain, kingdom”), Late Latin or Vulgar Latin cross of regimen with rēgālis is usually cited.
realm (plural realms)
- An abstract sphere of influence, real or imagined.
- 1907, Tada Kanai, “The World and How to Pass Through It”, in Arthur Lloyd, transl., Seven Buddhist Sermons:
- Why should we despise anything in the realm of Buddha?
- 2006 November 22, Christian Neef, “Diary of a Collapsing Superpower”, in Spiegel Magazine:
- At home in Moscow, Mikhail Sergeyevitch Gorbachev, who had launched a campaign to rejuvenate the Soviet realm […]
- 2013 May 17, George Monbiot, “Money just makes the rich suffer”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 23, page 19:
- In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. […] The public realm is privatised, the regulations restraining the ultra-wealthy and the companies they control are abandoned, and Edwardian levels of inequality are almost fetishised.
- The domain of a certain abstraction.
- 1922, Judson Eber Conant, “Truth Must be Classified Scientifically”, in The Church The Schools and Evolution:
- One thing more which the scientific man does is to accord primacy to that realm of truth which is primary in importance.
- (computing) A scope of operation in networking or security.
- (formal or law) A territory or state, as ruled by a specific power, especially by a king.
- 1913, Leslie Alexander Toke, Catholic Encyclopedia, "St. Dunstan",
- Then seeing his life was threatened he fled the realm and crossed over to Flanders, […]
- (fantasy, roleplaying games) An otherworldly dimension or domain — magical, ethereal, or otherwise — usually ruled or created by a mystical character.
- (virology, taxonomy) A taxonomic rank in the phylogeny of viruses, higher than kingdoms.
- abjuration of the realm
- abjure the realm
- abstract realm
- coin of the realm
- Commonwealth realm
- custom of the realm
- Eastern Realm
- experience realm
- floristic realm
- Ice Realm
- Indomalayan realm
- in the realm of shades
- Northern Realm
- Oriental realm
- peer of the realm
- realm of fantasy
- realm of possibility
- realm of the dead
- Snow Realm
- Southern Realm
- Western Realm
sphere of influence
domain of an abstraction
territory or state
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