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1. The lower house of the Russian parliament.
2. A Russian national parliament during czarist times.

[Russian, thought, council, assembly, of Germanic origin; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈduːmə) or


1. (Historical Terms) (usually capital) the elective legislative assembly established by Tsar Nicholas II in 1905: overthrown by the Bolsheviks in 1917
2. (Historical Terms) (before 1917) any official assembly or council
3. (Historical Terms) short for State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament
[C20: from duma thought, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic dōms judgment]
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(ˈdu mə)

n., pl. -mas.
1. (in Russia before 1917) a council or official assembly.
2. (cap.) an elective legislative assembly, established in 1905 by Nicholas II.
[1865–70; < Russian, Old Russian dúma assembly, council (an early homonym with dúma thought)]
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The Russian elected legislative assembly unwillingly convened by Nicholas II in 1905 and finally overthrown in the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.
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Noun1.Duma - a legislative body in the ruling assembly of Russia and of some other republics in the former USSR
law-makers, legislative assembly, legislative body, legislature, general assembly - persons who make or amend or repeal laws
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`The Count of Monte Cristo,' which I had seen James O'Neill play that winter, was by the only Alexandre Dumas I knew.
I suppose no woman could have been further in person, voice, and temperament from Dumas' appealing heroine than the veteran actress who first acquainted me with her.
Dumas here, and later in the chapter, uses the name Roncherat.
Anne of Austria did not die until 1666, and Dumas sets the current year as
In earlier editions, the last line reads, "Of the four valiant men whose history we have related, there now no longer remained but one single body; God had resumed the souls." Dumas made the revision in later editions.
We saw the damp, dismal cells in which two of Dumas' heroes passed their confinement--heroes of "Monte Cristo." It was here that the brave Abbe wrote a book with his own blood, with a pen made of a piece of iron hoop, and by the light of a lamp made out of shreds of cloth soaked in grease obtained from his food; and then dug through the thick wall with some trifling instrument which he wrought himself out of a stray piece of iron or table cutlery and freed Dantes from his chains.
"Paul Dumas, physician, deposes that he was called to view the bodies about day-break.
Monsieur Dumas, and his worthy coadjutor Monsieur Etienne, have pronounced that they were inflicted by some obtuse instrument; and so far these gentlemen are very correct.
Dumas and Etienne,) as a series of livid spots, evidently the impression of fingers.'
It was asserted that he had never written it, that the magazine had faked it very clumsily, or that Martin Eden was emulating the elder Dumas and at the height of success was hiring his writing done for him.
"This would be right, and we would like to propose this format - the high-level inter-parliamentary commission of the State Duma and the parliament of Azerbaijan, which could be headed by our vice-speakers," he said at a meeting with the Chairman of the Parliament of Azerbaijan Ogtay Asadov June 25.