res publica


res pu·​bli·​ca ˈrās-ˈpü-bli-ˌkä How to pronounce res publica (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Montás, like Swift, is concerned with the epistemological and ethical res publica that makes up a civilization and how to keep it alive and transmit it. M. D. Aeschliman, National Review, 20 Feb. 2022 Supporters of the latter tradition, with its focus on the public interest (the res publica), argue that voting is an ineluctable duty of citizenship as well as an absolute right. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 22 Oct. 2020

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Word History


Latin — more at republic

First Known Use

circa 1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of res publica was circa 1898

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“Res publica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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