See also: Empire and empiré

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English empire, from Old French empire, empere, from Latin imperium, inperium (command, control, dominion, sovereignty, a dominion, empire), from imperare, inperare (to command, order), from in (in, on) + parare (to make ready, order). Doublet of empery and imperium.

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empire (plural empires)

  1. A political unit, typically having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations (especially one comprising one or more kingdoms) and ruled by a single supreme authority.
    the Russian empire
  2. A political unit ruled by an emperor or empress.
    The Empire of Vietnam was a short-lived client state of Japan governing Vietnam between March 11 and August 23, 1945.
  3. A group of states or other territories that owe allegiance to a foreign power.
  4. An expansive and powerful enterprise under the control of one person or group.
    the McDonald's fast food empire
    • 2002, Evelyn L. Damore, The Rattle and Hiss of the Tin Gods, iUniverse (→ISBN), page 111:
      “Revenues for Jackson's non-profit empire sky-rocketed from $4 million in 1997, to more than $14 million just two years later.”
    • 2009, Martin Short, The Rise of the Mafia, Kings Road Publishing (→ISBN)
      The Mafia never forgave Castro but Lansky had already laid the foundations of a mob gambling empire all over the Caribbean []
  5. (Absolute) control, dominion, sway.
    • 1881, François Guizot, The History of Civilization from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution..., page 122:
      The brutality, the unthinking, the unreflecting character of the barbarians were so great, that the new faith, the new feelings with which they had been inspired, exercised but a very slight empire over them.
    • 2010, Stefania Tutino, Empire of Souls: Robert Bellarmine and the Christian Commonwealth, Oxford University Press (→ISBN), page 270:
      [] could gain some political strength for the pope, but in so doing the pope would lose the uniqueness and supremacy of his empire over souls: []

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AdjectiveEdit

empire (not comparable)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of Empire.

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FinnishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈempire/, [ˈe̞mpire̞]
  • Rhymes: -empire
  • Syllabification: em‧pi‧re

NounEdit

empire

  1. (architecture) Empire style

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of empire (Kotus type 8/nalle, no gradation)
nominative empire empiret
genitive empiren empirejen
partitive empireä empirejä
illative empireen empireihin
singular plural
nominative empire empiret
accusative nom. empire empiret
gen. empiren
genitive empiren empirejen
empireinrare
partitive empireä empirejä
inessive empiressä empireissä
elative empirestä empireistä
illative empireen empireihin
adessive empirellä empireillä
ablative empireltä empireiltä
allative empirelle empireille
essive empirenä empireinä
translative empireksi empireiksi
instructive empirein
abessive empirettä empireittä
comitative empireineen
Possessive forms of empire (type nalle)
possessor singular plural
1st person empireni empiremme
2nd person empiresi empirenne
3rd person empirensä

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French, from Latin imperium.

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empire m (plural empires)

  1. empire
  2. influence, authority

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  • Russian: ампи́р (ampír)

VerbEdit

empire

  1. first-person singular present indicative of empirer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of empirer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of empirer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of empirer
  5. second-person singular imperative of empirer

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ItalianEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Vulgar Latin *implīre, present active infinitive of *impliō, from Latin impleō.

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empire

  1. (transitive, obsolete) to fill, to overflow

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Middle EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French empire, empere, from Latin imperium, inperium (command, control, dominion, sovereignty, a dominion, empire), from imperare, inperare (to command, order), from in (in, on) + parare (to make ready, order). Doublet of emperie.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɛmˈpiːr(ə)/, /ɛmˈpɛːr(ə)/, /ˈɛmpiːr(ə)/, /am-/

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empire

  1. Emperorship; the office, power or title of emperor.
  2. An empire; the domain of an emperor or empress.
  3. (rare) Total power or influence, especially when wielded by gods.
    • a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Apocalips 1:5-6”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
      (of Jheſu Criſt,) / that is a feithful witneſſe, the firſte bigetun of deed men, and prince of kingis of the erthe; which louyde vs, and waiſchide vs fro oure ſynnes in his blood / and made vs a kyngdom, and preeſtis to God and to his fader; to hym be glorie and empire in to worldis of worldis.
      (of Jesus Christ,) / who is a reliable witness, the firstborn of dead people, and prince of the earth's rulers. To him who loved us, cleansed us from our sins with his blood, / and made us a kingdom / and priests of God/his father; to him are glory and power for many ages.
  4. (rare) A region of control; a field or zone.
  5. (rare, Christianity) God's kingdom in the heavens.

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin imperium, inperium (command, control, dominion, sovereignty, a dominion, empire), from imperare, inperare (to command, order), from in (in, on) + parare (to make ready, order).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /emˈpi.rə/, (late) /amˈpi.rə/

NounEdit

empire m (oblique plural empires, nominative singular empires, nominative plural empire)

  1. empire

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