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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"Have you thought," continued Fouquet, becoming animated with that strength of talent which in a few seconds originates, and matures the conception of a plan, and with that largeness of view which foresees all consequences, and embraces every result at a glance - "have you thought that we must assemble the nobility, the clergy, and the third estate of the realm; that we shall have to depose the reigning sovereign, to disturb by so frightful a scandal the tomb of their dead father, to sacrifice the life, the honor of a woman, Anne of Austria, the life and peace of mind and heart of another woman, Maria Theresa; and suppose that it were all done, if we were to succeed in doing it - "
He charged energy reporters to commit to the ethics of journalism as a profession, saying as the fourth estate of the realm, they should strive to achieve excellence at all times through a fair and balanced reportage of industry issues.
He reminded the editors, as part of the fourth estate of the realm, on the need to be circumspect because warped judgment of issues on their part could be disastrous to society and generations hence the need to adopt stop approaches to political violence and vigilantism while the law on Vigilantism is yet to be passed.
"(It) should become a modern estate of the realm, standing effective against the executive, not its poodle."
For example, in Britain, an "estate of the realm" is defined as: "An order or class of persons in a political community, regarded as a part of the body politic: usually regarded as being the lords temporal (peers), lords spiritual and commons." In short, the media, being the "fourth estate", is the fourth arm of the state (or government)!