Definition of Raj in English:



  • 1British sovereignty in India.

    ‘the last days of the Raj’
    • ‘In 1921, the Malabar Muslims, known as Moplahs, started a rebellion against the British raj whom they treated as enemies of Islam.’
    • ‘As far as loyalty to the British raj was concerned, one comes across several such letters by Gandhi in his early phase.’
    • ‘Moreover, several police stations and even headquarters of the police divisions in the country continue to function on the methodology that has little changed since its inception during the British raj.’
    • ‘This set of essays written over a span of forty years from 1961 to 2002, examines the structure and working of the British Raj in India during the first half of Crown Rule.’
    1. 1.1Indian [mass noun]Rule; government.
      [in singular] ‘they alleged that a ‘goonda raj’ had been set up in the state’
      • ‘The licence-permit raj created passive consumers willing to buy any rubbish available.’
      • ‘Triplicane and Ice House areas have had a long history of goonda raj.’
      • ‘Excessive government control and the licence-permit raj paved the way for corruption, which has developed deep inroads in our community.’
      • ‘In a civilisation which boasts of panchayati raj in 5000 BC, democracy is still in its infancy.’
      • ‘Even today, a person wanting to drive a rickshaw, or to run a tea shop, suffers the same horrors of the license-permit-quota raj.’
      control, jurisdiction, command, power, sway, dominion, government, administration, sovereignty, leadership, ascendancy, supremacy, authority, direction, mastery, hegemony, regime, influence
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From Hindi rāj reign.