• IPA: /ɹaɪx/, /ɹaɪk/


  1. A German empire, kingdom or nation; its territory or government.
    • 1762, A. F. Busching, A New System of Geography, volume 4, containing, Part of Germany, viz. Bohemia, Moravia, Lusatia, Austria, Burgundy, Westphalia, and the Circle of the Rhine, translated from German, page 4:
      The Empire is differently denominated as well by Germans themselves as by others. It is called the Reich, in Latin Regnum, by way of eminence, also the German Reich, in Latin Regnum Germanicum. The appellation of Germany, is seldom used now-a-days any where but in the title of the Emperor and Elector of Mentz.
  2. (in particular) The Third Reich; the German state, territory or government under the Nazis.
    • 2016, Colin Philpott, Relics of the Reich: The Buildings The Nazis Left Behind
    • 2017, Gerhard Engel, At the Heart of the Reich: The Secret Diary of Hitler's Army Adjutant
    • 2019, Peter Finn, A Guest of the Reich: The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre
  3. Any empire, especially one that is imperialist, tyrannical, and/or racist.
    • 1936, The American Mercury (volumes 38-39), page 367:
      And so his fine words — they are excellent within these limitations — must be husbanded exclusively against foes of the Russian Reich. Nevertheless, he too turns his back on the past with a will. . . . God knows how far the Tolstoian talent […]
    • 1943, Owen Joseph Christoffer Norem, Timeless Lithuania, page 280:
      Mr. Ycas, one of their members, told me that a serious attempt was made to strike for total independence but that the majority felt it was the wise course to ask for autonomy within the Russian Reich. A Lithuanian National Council was formed.
    • 1943, Francis A. Ridley, Towards the British Revolution, page 15
      Did not Oliver Cromwell, the founder of the British Reich, boast that hanging Irishmen always gave him an excellent appetite? Yet who could deny that he was a political and military genius? One should always compare Imperialisms […]
    • 2000, Keith Grint, The Arts of Leadership, page 161:
      Frere, obviously keen to start the thousand-year civilizing mission of the British Reich as soon as possible, invited Cetshwayo to a meeting in December 1878.
    • 2015, Grégoire Chamayou, A Theory of the Drone, page 226:
      […] we are presenting our analysis of the place and significance of the remote war technology within the American Reich.
    • 2017, Madhavan K. Palat, India and the World in the First Half of the Twentieth Century:
      NATO and the European Union, both led by America, embody that purpose. It preserves the sovereignty of the member states, but ultimate sovereignty rests with the American Reich and all the states willingly coordinate their policies with and subordinate themselves to American leadership.
Related terms Translations
  • French: Reich, empire (empire)
  • German: Reich
  • Italian: Reich
  • Portuguese: Reich
  • Russian: рейх
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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