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fourth estate

noun, (often initial capital letters)
1.
the journalistic profession or its members; the press.
2.
a group other than the usual powers, as the three estates of France, that wields influence in the politics of a country.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40
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Examples for fourth estate
  • Journalism ethics reside in publications and more broadly within the idea of the fourth estate.
  • Neither is a model anyone with a desire to preserve the fourth estate should strive to emulate.
  • Most folks tend to side with the fourth estate and do not take into account their slapdash work.
  • At the center of the social construction and interpretation of education sits the fourth estate.
British Dictionary definitions for fourth estate

fourth estate

noun
1.
(sometimes capitals) journalists or their profession; the press See estate (sense 4)
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Word Origin and History for fourth estate
fourth estate
"the press," 1837, first recorded in writings of Carlyle, though he said it was not original to him (perhaps in use from c.1823). For the other three, see estate. Earlier the term had been applied in various senses that did not stick, including "the mob" (1752).
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