citizenry

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

Definition of citizenry

: a whole body of citizens

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Lippmann feared that the citizenry would abandon the public square and give themselves over to propaganda. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 If democracy is predicated on an informed citizenry, then the increasing pervasiveness of computational propaganda is a fundamental problem. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 The Court thus placed segregation on the permanent defensive at a time when a clear majority of the white citizenry in the former Confederacy was fiercely opposed to racial integration. Joseph J. Ellis, WSJ, "Stop Pretending the Supreme Court Is Above Politics," 13 Sep. 2018 And again the beneficiaries can be counted way beyond our own citizenry. James Freeman, WSJ, "Andrew Cuomo and American Exceptionalism," 16 Aug. 2018 Lamont’s top priority, beyond the policy specifics, will be restoring trust with the citizenry. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democratic wins in these 9 states will have seismic policy consequences," 9 Nov. 2018 If democracy is predicated on an informed citizenry, then the increasing pervasiveness of computational propaganda is a fundamental problem. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 The British built elaborate fortifications to protect the garrison and citizenry, and renamed York Castle as their citadel. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "An Exhibition in Tangier Pays Tribute to Design World Darling Charles Sevigny," 3 Aug. 2018 If democracy is predicated on an informed citizenry, then the increasing pervasiveness of computational propaganda is a fundamental problem. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How WhatsApp is undermining Facebook’s war on election interference," 19 Oct. 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

formal : 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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