Word of the day

The word for today is…

regime (noun) – 1. (a) A government, especially an oppressive or undemocratic one.
(b) A usually heavy-handed administration or group in charge of an organization.
2. (a) A way of organising or managing something.
(b) A regulated system of diet, exercise, or medical treatment; a regimen.
3. The period during which a particular administration or system prevails.
4. A prevailing pattern of water flow, as of a river.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “system of government or rule,” 1792, from French régime, from Old French regimen (14th century), from Latin regimen “rule, guidance, government, means of guidance, rudder,” from regere “to direct, to guide” (from PIE root *reg- “move in a straight line,” with derivatives meaning “to direct in a straight line,” thus “to lead, rule”). Earlier “course of diet, exercise,” late 15th century In French, l’ancien régime refers to the system of government before the revolution of 1789.


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