cit·​i·​zen·​ry | \ ˈsi-tə-zən-rē How to pronounce citizenry (audio) also -sən-\
plural citizenries

Definition of citizenry

: a whole body of citizens

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Doing something, on the other hand, lets the world know, and our kids know, that the American government is actually in the business of protecting its citizenry from threats alien and domestic, that our war on terrorism is real and universal. Los Angeles Times, "Column: For our kids, the white guy with a gun is the face of terrorism," 6 Aug. 2019 What’s happening in the DRC matters to the U.S. for the health of our citizenry. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Why the WHO’s Emergency Declaration for Ebola Is a Big Deal," 23 July 2019 Both leaders face citizenries whose misgivings about the other country are hardening. The Economist, "Relations between Japan and South Korea are fraying alarmingly," 18 July 2019 He was also determined to roll in other clashes between poor locals and gentrifying whites, between police and citizenry, even between men and women. Todd Leopold And Breeanna Hare, CNN, "'Do The Right Thing' still has something to say," 30 June 2019 Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post: NCAA president Mark Emmert is like the embattled lord of a feudal state who knows the citizenry is coming for him., "Maybe it’s time for different leadership at USA Track & Field: Oregon track & field rundown," 29 June 2019 Like the West Berlin of old, Hong Kong has shot to the international stage with a narrative that hews close to Cold War tropes: as an oppressive Communist state squeezes its people, the citizenry cry out for Western liberation. Time, "Hong Kong Is a Rebel Enclave in a Sea of Totalitarianism. Welcome to the New West Berlin," 28 June 2019 The film works the standard elements of a zombie story into a wry commentary on modern American life, depicting a country where the citizenry and the authorities alike seem to be watching bemusedly as everything deteriorates around them. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The Dead Don’t Die is a perfect excuse to return to Zombieland," 14 June 2019 Compiled as The World Happiness Report, 156 nations were ranked based upon how happy their citizenry see themselves, using factors like economic wealth, life expectancy, social support, freedom of choice and levels of government corruption. Pat Lenhoff, Lake County News-Sun, "Column: Loose Ends — the summer edition," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of citizenry

1795, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of citizenry

formal : all the citizens of a place


cit·​i·​zen·​ry | \ ˈsi-tə-zən-rē How to pronounce citizenry (audio) \

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: all the citizens of a place

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