mini·​state | \ ˈmi-nē-ˌstāt How to pronounce ministate (audio) \

Definition of ministate

: a small independent nation

Examples of ministate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Karen insurgents, who had once controlled a ministate within Myanmar, lost most of their territory. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘We Were Bulletproof’: As Child Soldiers Grow Up, Legacy of War Lingers," 12 Oct. 2020 Islamic State also tried to establish a ministate of its own in the Indonesian regency of Poso, on Sulawesi island, in 2015. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Islamic State’s Attacks Raise Threat of Southeast Asia Hub," 7 June 2018 These are central Africa’s ministates — overlapping and unrecognized fiefdoms in a Texas-size country riven by disorder, situated in one of the world’s worst neighborhoods. Jack Losh, Washington Post, "Rebels in the Central African Republic are filling the void of an absent government," 26 Mar. 2018 The Mali cases have their roots in 2012, when armed rebels and homegrown Islamic jihadists set up a ministate in Northern Mali around Timbuktu that lasted about a year. Marlise Simons, New York Times, "Rape and Torture Charges for Jihadist Police Chief of Timbuktu," 4 Apr. 2018 Within this unwieldy land, rebel groups may well possess tools for military enforcement and economic extraction, but their ministates remain combustible and profoundly limited, lacking reliable public utilities and transparent justice systems. Jack Losh, Washington Post, "Rebels in the Central African Republic are filling the void of an absent government," 26 Mar. 2018 The Aida refugee camp is a warren of alleys, a scene of frequent clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers — and a welfare ministate. William Booth, Washington Post, "Israel wants Trump to stop Palestinian payments to prisoners and families of ‘martyrs’," 19 May 2017 That country also has a long-disadvantaged Kurdish minority, which exploited the chaos to carve out its own de facto ministate. Max Fisher, New York Times, "Turkey’s Twin Terrorist Threats, Explained," 29 June 2016 The Islamic State carved out a ministate in Syria’s chaos, then used it as a base to invade Iraq in 2014. Max Fisher, New York Times, "Straightforward Answers to Basic Questions About Syria’s War," 18 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of ministate

1966, in the meaning defined above

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17 Oct 2020

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“Ministate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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