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

Examples of citizenry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Political systems privileged elites who monopolized wealth and used the instruments of the state not to promote the public good, but to repress and oppress the citizenry. Paul Salem, Time, "Why the Arab Spring Failed—And Why It May Yet Succeed," 6 Jan. 2021 Ultimately, both the citizenry and the economy will benefit from a shot in the arm. Randy P. Juhl, The Conversation, "Seat belts and smoking rates show people eventually adopt healthy behaviors – but it can take time we don’t have during a pandemic," 29 Dec. 2020 Vocal citizenry still want Weiner to settle scores and log complaints. Micah Hauser, The New Yorker, "Anthony Weiner’s Comeback Gig," 28 Dec. 2020 Yet the health law appears to be gaining popularity, at least among the citizenry. Dallas News, "Texans are flocking to Obamacare amid the pandemic, and Tuesday’s the last chance to sign up for 2021 coverage," 15 Dec. 2020 The question is what bad feelings will linger among the citizenry. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Electoral college picks Biden, yet Trump’s bid to keep power could have lasting effect," 14 Dec. 2020 Both sides of a polarized citizenry have their own brands of unease at those questions. Ted Anthony, Anchorage Daily News, "Halloween in 2020: Some fun with death and fear, anyone?," 27 Oct. 2020 The executive branch has only ballooned since then and not to keep pace with the burgeoning needs of the citizenry. Blair Mcclendon, The New Republic, "The Presidency Is a Bad Job," 19 Jan. 2021 The pandemic has exacerbated existing systemic failures, stolen far too many elders, and further exposed the federal government as an existential threat to its citizenry and tribal sovereignty. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Year that Killed the Native Mascot," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of citizenry

1795, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of citizenry was in 1795

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19 Feb 2021

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“Citizenry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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