citizenry

noun
cit·​i·​zen·​ry | \-zən-rē also -sən- \
plural citizenries

Definition of citizenry 

: a whole body of citizens

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Is the purpose of education to forge a thoughtful citizenry or to equip students for jobs? Laura Pappano, Washington Post, "Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?," 1 July 2018 No grand scheme will ever replace that, and there’s no way to get the fundamentals right without good, responsive local government and a participating citizenry. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Here's why Indiana schools and their communities won at ballot box, writes Michael Hicks," 20 May 2018 States moving well ahead of North Carolina have managed to achieve unity in purpose at leadership levels as models for their entire citizenry. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 Later still, other islands in the East River, like Randall’s and Wards, would be pressed into service, used as dumping grounds for those the citizenry didn’t care to have living among them. Patrick Mcgrath, New York Times, "A Dumping Ground for the Poor, the Criminal and the Mad," 28 June 2018 Better Angels was launched in 2016 with the aim of awakening America’s citizenry from its partisan nightmare. The Economist, "The primeval tribalism of American politics," 24 May 2018 States moving well ahead of North Carolina have managed to achieve unity in purpose at leadership levels as models for their entire citizenry. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 And a frightened and disoriented citizenry is more easily controlled by an authoritarian government. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Jacket Heard Round the World," 22 June 2018 Urban citizenry came to be differentiated by tasks and talents, buying and selling wares and labor. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "An Awkward Trek Through Time at the Penn Museum," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of citizenry

1795, in the meaning defined above

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citizenry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of citizenry

: all the citizens of a place

citizenry

noun
cit·​i·​zen·​ry | \ˈsi-tə-zən-rē \

Kids Definition of citizenry

: all the citizens of a place

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