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com·mon·wealth

 (kŏm′ən-wĕlth′)
n.
1. The people of a nation or state; the body politic.
2. A nation or state governed by the people; a republic.
3. Commonwealth
a. Used to refer to some US states, namely, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
b. Used to refer to a self-governing, autonomous political unit voluntarily associated with the United States, namely, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.
4. often Commonwealth The Commonwealth of Nations.
5. The English state and government from the death of Charles I in 1649 to the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, including the Protectorate of 1653 to 1659.
6. Archaic The public good; commonweal.

commonwealth

(ˈkɒmənˌwɛlθ)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the people of a state or nation viewed politically; body politic
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a state or nation in which the people possess sovereignty; republic
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the body politic organized for the general good
4. a group of persons united by some common interest
5. obsolete the general good; public welfare

Commonwealth

(ˈkɒmənˌwɛlθ)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an association of sovereign states, almost all of which were at some time dependencies of the UK. All member states recognize the reigning British sovereign as Head of the Commonwealth. Official name: the Commonwealth of Nations
2. (Historical Terms)
a. the republic that existed in Britain from 1649 to 1660
b. the part of this period up to 1653, when Cromwell became Protector
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the official designation of Australia, four states of the US (Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia), and Puerto Rico

com•mon•wealth

(ˈkɒm ənˌwɛlθ)

n.
1. the people of a nation or state; the body politic.
2. a state in which the supreme power is held by the people; a republican or democratic state.
3. (cap.) a group of sovereign states and their dependencies associated by their own choice and linked with common objectives and interests.
4. the Commonwealth, Commonwealth of Nations.
5. (cap.) a federation of states: the Commonwealth of Australia.
6. (cap.) a self-governing territory associated with the U.S.: official designation of Puerto Rico.
7. (cap.) the English government from the abolition of the monarchy in 1649 until the establishment of the Protectorate in 1653, sometimes extended to include the restoration of Charles II in 1660.
8. (cap.) the official designation of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
9. any group of persons united by some common interest.
10. Obs. the public welfare.
[1375–1425]

Commonwealth

 the body of the public constituting a state or community; a body united for some special interest and common benefit.
Examples: commonwealth of all Christendom, 1551; of angels, 1608; of learning; The British Commonwealth of Nations; The Commonwealth [English history 1649—1660].

Commonwealth

1649–60 A republican state in England between the execution of Charles I and the restoration of Charles II.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.commonwealth - the official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico)
province, state - the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation; "his state is in the deep south"
2.Commonwealth - a politically organized body of people under a single governmentcommonwealth - a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"
commonwealth country - any of the countries in the British Commonwealth
developing country - a country that is poor and whose citizens are mostly agricultural workers but that wants to become more advanced socially and economically
Dominion - one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth
estate of the realm, the three estates, estate - a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country (especially in the United Kingdom) and formerly possessing distinct political rights
foreign country - any state of which one is not a citizen; "working in a foreign country takes a bit of getting used to"
Reich - the German state
renegade state, rogue nation, rogue state - a state that does not respect other states in its international actions
suzerain - a state exercising a degree of dominion over a dependent state especially in its foreign affairs
sea power - a nation that possesses formidable naval strength
great power, major power, superpower, world power, power - a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
city state, city-state - a state consisting of a sovereign city
ally - a friendly nation
political entity, political unit - a unit with political responsibilities
3.commonwealth - a world organization of autonomous states that are united in allegiance to a central power but are not subordinate to it or to one another
British Commonwealth, Commonwealth of Nations - an association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and several former British colonies that are now sovereign states but still pay allegiance to the British Crown
4.Commonwealth - a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent themcommonwealth - a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
Weimar Republic - the German republic founded at Weimar in 1919; "The Weimar Republic was overthrown in 1933 and replaced by the Third Reich"
parliamentary democracy - a democracy having a parliament
form of government, political system - the members of a social organization who are in power
Translations
republikaspolečenství
statsforbundstatssamfund
nemzetközösség
samveldi
federacijasandrauga
federācijavalstu savienība
uluslar topluluğu

Commonwealth

[ˈkɒmənwelθ] N the Commonwealthla Comunidad Británica de Naciones (Brit) (Hist) → la república de Cromwell
the Commonwealth of Independent Statesla Comunidad de Estados Independientes
the Commonwealth of Kentuckyel estado de Kentucky
the Commonwealth of Puerto Ricoel estado de Puerto Rico
COMMONWEALTH
La Commonwealth (Comunidad Británica de Naciones) es una asociación de estados soberanos, la mayoría de los cuales eran colonias británicas en el pasado, establecida para fomentar el comercio y los lazos de amistad entre ellos. Actualmente se compone de más de cincuenta estados miembros, entre los cuales se encuentran el Reino Unido, Australia, Canadá, la India, Jamaica, Kenia, Nueva Zelanda, Nigeria, Pakistán y Sudáfrica. Los países miembros reconocen al soberano británico como Head of the Commonwealth y se reúnen anualmente para debatir asuntos políticos y económicos. Además, cada cuatro años uno de los países miembros es el anfitrión de la competición deportiva conocida como Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth

[ˈkɒmənwɛlθ] n
the Commonwealth (British)le Commonwealth

commonwealth

[ˈkɒmənwɛlθ] n [nations] → communauté f Commonwealth of Australia, Commonwealth of Independent StatesCommonwealth of Australia nCommonwealth m d'AustralieCommonwealth of Independent States nCommunauté f des États indépendants

commonwealth

n
Staat m, → Gemeinwesen nt; (US) Bezeichnung für die US-Bundesstaaten Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania und Virginia; the Commonwealth of Australiader Australische Bund; the (British) Commonwealth, the Commonwealth of Nationsdas Commonwealth; Commonwealth of Independent StatesGemeinschaft fUnabhängiger Staaten
(Hist) the Commonwealth die englische Republik unter Cromwell

Commonwealth

[ˈkɒmənˌwɛlθ] n the Commonwealthil Commonwealth

commonwealth

(ˈkomənwelθ) noun
an association of states who have joined together for their common good. the Commonwealth of Australia.
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The Pyncheons, if all stories were true, haughtily as they bore themselves in the noonday streets of their native town, were no better than bond-servants to these plebeian Maules, on entering the topsy-turvy commonwealth of sleep.
The belief was a favourite one with our forefathers, as betokening that their infant commonwealth was under a celestial guardianship of peculiar intimacy and strictness.
Much the same is it with many other sinewy Saxonisms of this sort, which emigrated to New-England rocks with the noble brawn of the old English emigrants in the time of the Commonwealth.
However, I made a note of the remark, and calculated to educate the commonwealth up to it if I pulled through.
In Missouri a recognized superiority attached to any person who hailed from Old Virginia; and this superiority was exalted to supremacy when a person of such nativity could also prove descent from the First Families of that great commonwealth.
Surrender your charge,'' said one of them; ``we are the deliverers of the commonwealth, who ease every man of his burden.
To bring that about, their fellow slaves all over the world must unite in a vast international association of men pledged to share the world's work justly; to share the produce of the work justly; to yield not a farthing--charity apart--to any full-grown and able-bodied idler or malingerer, and to treat as vermin in the commonwealth persons attempting to get more than their share of wealth or give less than their share of work.
And besides all this they are harsh in their style, incredible in their achievements, licentious in their amours, uncouth in their courtly speeches, prolix in their battles, silly in their arguments, absurd in their travels, and, in short, wanting in everything like intelligent art; for which reason they deserve to be banished from the Christian commonwealth as a worthless breed.
The same man, stimulated by private pique against the MEGARENSIANS,[2] another nation of Greece, or to avoid a prosecution with which he was threatened as an accomplice of a supposed theft of the statuary Phidias,[3] or to get rid of the accusations prepared to be brought against him for dissipating the funds of the state in the purchase of popularity,[4] or from a combination of all these causes, was the primitive author of that famous and fatal war, distinguished in the Grecian annals by the name of the PELOPONNESIAN war; which, after various vicissitudes, intermissions, and renewals, terminated in the ruin of the Athenian commonwealth.
THE author of the "Notes on the State of Virginia," quoted in the last paper, has subjoined to that valuable work the draught of a constitution, which had been prepared in order to be laid before a convention, expected to be called in 1783, by the legislature, for the establishment of a constitution for that commonwealth.
The selectmen, by advice of the lawyer, spoke of prosecuting him for a misdemeanor, in circulating unfounded reports, to the great disturbance of the peace of the Commonwealth.
It was probably on account of this accident that it ceased to be the seat of the governors of Massachusetts; for, assuredly, it would have been ominous of evil to the commonwealth if the chair of state had tottered upon three legs.

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