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The term empire derives from the Latin imperium (power, authority). Politically, an empire is a geographically extensive group of states and peoples (ethnic groups) united and ruled either by a monarch (emperor, empress) or an oligarchy.

empire n 1: the domain ruled by an emperor or empress 2: a group of countries under a single authority; "the British empire" 3: a monarchy with an emperor as head of state 4: a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization [syn: {conglomerate}] 5: an eating apple that somewhat resembles a McIntosh; used as both an eating and a cooking apple

101 Moby Thesaurus words for "empire": administration, ally, archduchy, archdukedom, authority, body politic, buffer state, caliphate, captive nation, chieftaincy, chieftainry, city-state, civil government, claws, clutches, colony, command, commonweal, commonwealth, control, country, county, czardom, direction, discipline, dispensation, disposition, domain, dominion, duchy, dukedom, earldom, emperorship, empery, form of government, free city, governance, government, grand duchy, grip, hand, hands, imperialism, iron hand, jurisdiction, kaiserdom, kinghood, kingship, land, majesty, management, mandant, mandate, mandated territory, mandatee, mandatory, nation, nationality, oversight, polis, political organization, polity, possession, power, principality, principate, protectorate, province, puppet government, puppet regime, queenhood, queenship, raj, rajaship, realm, regime, regimen, regnancy, regulation, reign, republic, royalty, rule, satellite, seneschalty, settlement, sovereign nation, sovereignty, state, sultanate, sultanship, superpower, supervision, sway, system of government, talons, territory, the crown, the throne, toparchia, toparchy

empire n. Any of a family of military simulations derived from a game written by Peter Langston many years ago. A number of multi-player variants of varying degrees of sophistication exist, and one single-player version implemented for both Unix and VMS; the latter is even available as MS-DOS freeware. All are notoriously addictive. Of various commercial derivatives the best known is probably "Empire Deluxe" on PCs and Amigas. Modern empire is a real-time wargame played over the internet by up to 120 players. Typical games last from 24 hours (blitz) to a couple of months (long term). The amount of sleep you can get while playing is a function of the rate at which updates occur and the number of co-rulers of your country. Empire server software is available for Unix-like machines, and clients for Unix and other platforms. A comprehensive history of the game is available at `http://www.empire.cx/infopages/History.html'. The Empire resource site is at `http://www.empire.cx/'.

Empire \Em"pire\, n. [F., fr. L. imperium a command, sovereignty, dominion, empire, fr. imperare. See {Emperor}; cf. {Imperial}.] 1. Supreme power; sovereignty; sway; dominion. ``The empire of the sea.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster] Over hell extend His empire, and with iron scepter rule. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. The dominion of an emperor; the territory or countries under the jurisdiction and dominion of an emperor (rarely of a king), usually of greater extent than a kingdom, always comprising a variety in the nationality of, or the forms of administration in, constituent and subordinate portions; as, the Austrian empire. [1913 Webster] Empire carries with it the idea of a vast and complicated government. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster] 3. Any dominion; supreme control; governing influence; rule; sway; as, the empire of mind or of reason. ``Under the empire of facts.'' --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster] Another force which, in the Middle Ages, shared with chivalry the empire over the minds of men. --A. W. Ward. [1913 Webster] {Celestial empire}. See under {Celestial}. {Empire City}, a common designation of the city of New York. {Empire State}, a common designation of the State of New York. Syn: Sway; dominion; rule; control; reign; sovereignty; government; kingdom; realm; state. [1913 Webster]

Empire, AL Zip code(s): 35063 Empire, CO (town, FIPS 24620) Location: 39.75970 N, 105.68260 W Population (1990): 401 (222 housing units) Area: 0.7 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Empire, LA (CDP, FIPS 23725) Location: 29.41189 N, 89.61061 W Population (1990): 2654 (979 housing units) Area: 13.8 sq km (land), 6.1 sq km (water) Empire, MI (village, FIPS 25980) Location: 44.81317 N, 86.05894 W Population (1990): 355 (244 housing units) Area: 2.3 sq km (land), 0.2 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 49630 Empire, NV Zip code(s): 89405 Empire, OH (village, FIPS 25368) Location: 40.51096 N, 80.62502 W Population (1990): 364 (147 housing units) Area: 0.8 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)

empire Any of a family of military simulations derived from a game written by Peter Langston many years ago. Five or six multi-player variants of varying degrees of sophistication exist, and one single-player version implemented for both {Unix} and {VMS}; the latter is even available as {MS-DOS} {freeware}. All are notoriously addictive. [{Jargon File}] (1995-08-06)


A monarchy is a form of government in which sovereignty is actually or nominally embodied in a single individual (the monarch).

monarchy n : an autocracy governed by a monarch who usually inherits the authority

81 Moby Thesaurus words for "monarchy": Caesarism, Stalinism, absolute monarchy, absolutism, aristocracy, autarchy, authoritarianism, autocracy, autonomy, benevolent despotism, coalition government, colonialism, commonwealth, constitutional government, constitutional monarchy, country, czarism, democracy, despotism, dictatorship, domain, dominion, dominion rule, duarchy, duumvirate, dyarchy, empire, federal government, federation, feudal system, garrison state, gerontocracy, heteronomy, hierarchy, hierocracy, home rule, kaiserism, kingdom, limited monarchy, martial law, meritocracy, militarism, military government, mob rule, mobocracy, monarchism, monocracy, nation, neocolonialism, ochlocracy, oligarchy, one-man rule, one-party rule, pantisocracy, paternalism, patriarchate, patriarchy, police state, principality, pure democracy, regency, representative democracy, representative government, republic, royalism, self-determination, self-government, social democracy, sovereignty, state, stratocracy, technocracy, thearchy, theocracy, totalitarian government, totalitarian regime, totalitarianism, triarchy, triumvirate, tyranny, welfare state

Monarchy \Mon"arch*y\, n.; pl. {Monarchies}. [F. monarchie, L. monarchia, Gr. ?. See {Monarch}.] 1. A state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a monarch. [1913 Webster] 2. A system of government in which the chief ruler is a monarch. [1913 Webster] In those days he had affected zeal for monarchy. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. The territory ruled over by a monarch; a kingdom. [1913 Webster] What scourage for perjury Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence. --Shak. [1913 Webster] {Fifth monarchy}, a universal monarchy, supposed to be the subject of prophecy in Daniel ii.; the four preceding monarchies being Assyrian, Persian, Grecian, and Roman. See {Fifth Monarchy men}, under {Fifth}. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • empire: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • empire: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • empire: Jargon File (4.3.1, 29 Jun 2001)
  • empire: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • empire: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • empire: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • monarchy: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • monarchy: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • monarchy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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