Definitions

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  • proper n. The name for a constitutionally socialist state in Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a former communist country in eastern Europe and northern Asia; established in 1922; included Russia and 14 other soviet socialist republics (Ukraine and Byelorussia and others); officially dissolved 31 December 1991

Etymologies

Short form of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The National Archives is displaying rarely seen items from Reagan's life, including his 1983 speech in which he called the Soviet Union an "evil empire," with his handwritten editing.

    latimes.com - News

  • U.S. President Ronald Reagan wanted to confront "the Evil Empire," as he called the Soviet Union, and Solidarity proved that the Soviet system could be challenged.

    Alex Storozynski: Gdansk, the Domino that Toppled the Berlin Wall

  • President Ronald Reagan wanted to confront "the Evil Empire," as he called the Soviet Union, and Solidarity proved that the Soviet system could be challenged.

    Alex Storozynski: Gdansk, the Domino that Toppled the Berlin Wall

  • First, he called the Soviet Union the evil empire.

    CNN Transcript Jan 1, 2008

  • In March of that year, around the time he called the Soviet Union an "Evil Empire," Reagan unveiled his proposal for a Space Defense Initiative (SDI) by telling the country: "I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace, to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete."

    An American Life

  • When he called the Soviet Union “the evil empire,” he bloody well meant it — and he was also willing to negotiate with its leader in hopes of redressing another evil, nuclear arsenals.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » OLC in the Gonzales Years:

  • I think this unnatural creation we call the Soviet Union is going to gently or not gently, slowly or quickly -- I don't know -- but it's going to fall apart.

    Why Gorbachev Happened: His Triumphs & His Failure

  • Gingrich responded by declaring he was a conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan, a president who he said spoke the truth, as when he called the Soviet Union the "evil empire."

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • He touched a chord in 2005 when he called the Soviet Union's demise "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century" and is not shy of expressing his desire to restore Russia's imperial dominance of its "near abroad."

    Reuters: Press Release

  • I've never heard anyone call the Soviet Union a state capitalist society.

    Anarchist news dot org - Comments

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