estate of the realm


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Noun1.estate of the realm - 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
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
first estate, Lords Spiritual - the clergy in France and the heads of the church in Britain
Lords Temporal, second estate - the nobility in France and the peerage in Britain
third estate, Commons - the common people
fourth estate - the press, including journalists, newspaper writers, photographers
body politic, country, nation, res publica, commonwealth, state, land - 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"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
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It) should become a modern estate of the realm, standing effective against the executive, not its poodle.

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