Country and Nation-State

Country

A country is a region legally identified as a distinct entity in political geography. A country may be an independent sovereign state or one that is occupied by another state, as a non-sovereign or formerly sovereign political division, or a geographic region associated with sets of previously independent or differently associated peoples with distinct political characteristics.

country n 1: the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries" [syn: {state}, {land}] 2: a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land" [syn: {state}, {nation}, {land}, {commonwealth}, {res publica}, {body politic}] 3: the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him" [syn: {nation}, {land}, {a people}] 4: an area outside of cities and towns; "his poetry celebrated the slower pace of life in the country" [syn: {rural area}] [ant: {urban area}] 5: a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country" [syn: {area}]

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Country \Coun"try\ (k?n"tr?), n.; pl. {Countries} (-tr?z). [F. contr['e]e, LL. contrata, fr. L. contra over against, on the opposite side. Cf. {Counter}, adv., {Contra}.] 1. A tract of land; a region; the territory of an independent nation; (as distinguished from any other region, and with a personal pronoun) the region of one's birth, permanent residence, or citizenship. [1913 Webster] Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred. --Gen. xxxxii. 9. [1913 Webster] I might have learned this by my last exile, that change of countries cannot change my state. --Stirling. [1913 Webster] Many a famous realm And country, whereof here needs no account --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Rural regions, as opposed to a city or town. [1913 Webster] As they walked, on their way into the country. --Mark xvi. 12 (Rev. Ver. ). [1913 Webster] God made the covatry, and man made the town. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] Only very great men were in the habit of dividing the year between town and country. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. The inhabitants or people of a state or a region; the populace; the public. Hence: (a) One's constituents. (b) The whole body of the electors of state; as, to dissolve Parliament and appeal to the country. [1913 Webster] All the country in a general voice Cried hate upon him. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. (Law) (a) A jury, as representing the citizens of a country. (b) The inhabitants of the district from which a jury is drawn. [1913 Webster] 5. (Mining.) The rock through which a vein runs. [1913 Webster] {Conclusion to the country}. See under {Conclusion}. {To put one's self upon the country}, or {To throw one's self upon the country}, to appeal to one's constituents; to stand trial before a jury. [1913 Webster]

Country \Coun"try\, a. 1. Pertaining to the regions remote from a city; rural; rustic; as, a country life; a country town; the country party, as opposed to city. [1913 Webster] 2. Destitute of refinement; rude; unpolished; rustic; not urbane; as, country manners. [1913 Webster] 3. Pertaining, or peculiar, to one's own country. [1913 Webster] She, bowing herself towards him, laughing the cruel tyrant to scorn, spake in her country language. --2 Macc. vii. 27. [1913 Webster]

Nation-State

The nation state is a state that self-identifies as deriving its political legitimacy from serving as a sovereign entity for a nation as a sovereign territorial unit.

Additional data for nation-state may be on the way.

Data Sources:

  • country: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • country: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • country: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • country: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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