regime

[ruh-zheem, rey-, or, sometimes, -jeem]
noun
1.
a mode or system of rule or government: a dictatorial regime.
2.
a ruling or prevailing system.
3.
a government in power.
4.
the period during which a particular government or ruling system is in power.
5.
Medicine/Medical, regimen ( def 1 ).
Also, régime.


Origin:
1770–80; < French régime < Latin regimen regimen

regime, regimen, regiment.
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regime or régime (reɪˈʒiːm)
 
n
1.  a system of government or a particular administration: a fascist regime; the regime of Fidel Castro
2.  a social system or order
3.  med another word for regimen
 
[C18: from French, from Latin regimen guidance, from regere to rule]
 
régime or régime
 
n
 
[C18: from French, from Latin regimen guidance, from regere to rule]

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Word Origin & History

regime
"system of government or rule," 1792, from Fr. régime, from L. regimen "rule, guidance, government," from regere (see regal). In Fr., l'ancien régime refers to the system of government before the revolution of 1789.
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Medical Dictionary

regime re·gime (rā-zhēm', rĭ-)
n.
A regulated system, as of diet and exercise; a regimen.

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Cultural Dictionary
regime [(ray-zheem, ri-zheem)]

An administration, or a system of managing government.

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Example sentences
It's no wonder that you're in support of continuing the regime of standardized
  testing.
So if some people rebel, others may follow, thinking that their rebellion may
  be a sign of the regime's weakness.
Symbolically, it is the lungs of the regime, where its noxious but effective
  televised propaganda is authored.
The regime executed people who tried to adapt by engaging in private business.
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