The state, republic, or commonwealth.
- It diminishes the republic - the res publica, or public things that define our commonweal.
- I wish you the very best of luck in addressing and dismantling this mind-boggling distortion of the democratic and social values of a res publica.
- It was in no sense a kind of political power, but those charged with the conduct of the res publica, or public business did not lightly ignore it.
Latin, literally 'public matter'.
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