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[ruh-zheem, rey-, or, sometimes, -jeem] /rəˈʒim, reɪ-, or, sometimes, -ˈdʒim/
a mode or system of rule or government:
a dictatorial regime.
a ruling or prevailing system.
a government in power.
the period during which a particular government or ruling system is in power.
Medicine/Medical, regimen (def 1).
Also, régime.
Origin of regime
1770-80; < French régime < Latin regimen regimen
Can be confused
regime, regimen, regiment. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for regimes
  • Most of these governments have been military regimes with obvious ethnic loyalties.
  • There is much debate at the moment around whether new technologies can change regimes.
  • Salads are of course an integral part of such regimes.
  • Horrific regimes can sustain themselves for quite some time for the rather obvious reason that they do not hold elections.
  • Other regressive regimes also found such censors and other apologists--and willing agents--of secrecy and repression.
  • Many totalitarian regimes also don't have a conscience.
  • The history of authoritarian regimes is slow economic growth and slow technical growth.
  • And not so much because others are often autocratic regimes.
  • Today about half of the people on the planet still live under oppressive regimes.
  • In totalitarian regimes, dissidence is treated as a mental illness.
British Dictionary definitions for regimes


a system of government or a particular administration: a fascist regime, the regime of Fidel Castro
a social system or order
(med) another word for regimen (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Latin regimen guidance, from regere to rule
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Word Origin and History for regimes



"system of government or rule," 1792, from French régime, from Old French regimen (14c.), from Latin regimen "rule, guidance, government, means of guidance, rudder," from regere (see regal). Earlier "course of diet, exercise," late 15c. In French, l'ancien régime refers to the system of government before the revolution of 1789.

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regimes in Medicine

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

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regimes in Culture
regime [(ray-zheem, ri-zheem)]

An administration, or a system of managing government.

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