Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Dominion or rule, especially the British rule over India (1757-1947).

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  • n. Reign; rule.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Reign; rule.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Rule; dominion.

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

  • n. British dominion over India (1757-1947)

Etymologies

Hindi rāj, from Sanskrit rājā, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindustani राज / راج (rāj), from Sanskrit राज्य (rājyá, "royalty, kingship, sovereignty, empire"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This was the first time that I have read the term "license raj," but anyone familiar with the India of the 1950's through the 1980's, knows how misguided socialism held them back for decades.

    Forbes.com: News

  • He argued that the unitary centre of the raj was a British construction and would stand dissolved at the moment of decolonization.

    Bloggers.Pakistan

  • When English speakers borrowed "raj" around 1800, they used exactly the same spelling and meaning as its Hindi parent (the Hindi word in turn traces to an older term that is related to the Sanskrit word for "king").

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

  • "This shows what kind of a Mussolini 'raj' (rule) is prevalent in Maharashtra," Thackeray said, referring to the Italian dictator who ruled Italy with an iron grip in the pre-World War-II years.

    Hindustan Times News Feeds 'Views'

  • I have a doubt, a non root user 'raj' has file permissions of / bin / chmod as 755, then why cant he change the permissions of / tmp (1777) with chmod?

    LinuxQuestions.org

  • But we will fight to end this jungle raj which is destroying all democratic principles. "

    Daily News & Analysis

  • Next came the “license raj,” the system of government permits that regulated who could set up a new business or offer a new product.

    Zero-Sum Future

  • The IT industry simply could not have emerged under the old license raj, since entrepreneurs would have had to refer to the government in Delhi to authorize every change in corporate strategy.

    Zero-Sum Future

  • Of course, they made out nicely as heads of the license raj.

    Matthew Yglesias » Hinderacker: Gandhi, Mandela are Overrated

  • Posted November 13, 2006 4: 54 PM raj yashwant writes:

    Atoms, Bits, and Growth, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

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  • It makes me crave an elephant ride. And a curry.

    April 30, 2008

  • It's really terrible that this word makes me crave Indian food.

    April 30, 2008

  • Jar in reverse.

    November 3, 2007