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{adj: Washingtonian} of or relating to the people who run the federal government
"Washingtonian politics as usual"

{adj: collective} set up on the principle of collectivism or ownership and production by the workers involved usually under the supervision of a government
"collective farms"

{adj: suppressive} tending to suppress
"the government used suppressive measures to control the protest"


{adv: anyhow, anyway, in any case, at any rate, in any event} used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement
"Anyhow, he is dead now"
"I think they're asleep; anyhow, they're quiet"
"I don't know what happened to it; anyway, it's gone"
"anyway, there is another factor to consider"
"I don't know how it started; in any case, there was a brief scuffle"
"in any event, the government faced a serious protest"
"but at any rate he got a knighthood for it"

{n: Congress, United States Congress, U.S. Congress, US Congress} the legislature of the United States government

{n: Exocet} a guided missile developed by the French government for use against ships

{n: Fifth Amendment} an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that imposes restrictions on the government's prosecution of persons accused of crimes; mandates due process of law and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy; requires just compensation if private property is taken for public use

{n: French Academy} an honorary group of French writers and thinkers supported by the French government
"the French Academy sets standards for the use of the French language"

{n: Keynes, John Maynard Keynes} English economist who advocated the use of government monetary and fiscal policy to maintain full employment without inflation (1883-1946)

{n: Machiavellianism} the political doctrine of Machiavelli: any means (however unscrupulous) can be used by a ruler in order to create and maintain his autocratic government

{n: New People's Army, NPA} a terrorist organization that is the militant wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines; a Maoist organization formed to overthrow the government; uses hit squads called Sparrow Units; opposes United States military presence in the Philippines

{n: Revolutionary United Front, RUF} a terrorist group formed in the 1980s in Sierra Leone; seeks to overthrow the government and gain control of the diamond producing regions; responsible for attacks on civilians and children, widespread torture and murder and using children to commit atrocities; sponsored by the president of Liberia

{n: United States Government Printing Office, US Government Printing Office, Government Printing Office, GPO} an agency of the legislative branch that provides printing and binding services for Congress and the departments and establishments of the federal government

{n: United States Post Office, US Post Office, Post Office, PO} an independent agency of the federal government responsible for mail delivery (and sometimes telecommunications) between individuals and businesses in the United States

{n: United States Secret Service, US Secret Service, USSS, Secret Service, SS} the United States intelligence agency that protects current and former presidents and vice presidents and their immediate families and protects distinguished foreign visitors; detects and apprehends counterfeiters; suppresses forgery of government securities and documents

{n: United States government, United States, U.S. government, US Government, U.S.} the executive and legislative and judicial branches of the federal government of the United States

{n: anarchy, lawlessness} a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)

{n: back channel} an alternative to the regular channels of communication that is used when agreements must be made secretly (especially in diplomacy or government)
"they negotiated via a back channel"

{n: backgrounder} a press conference or interview in which a government official explains to reporters the background of an action or policy
"the secretary gave us a backgrounder on public health issues"

{n: bond, bond certificate} a certificate of debt (usually interest-bearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money; the issuer is required to pay a fixed sum annually until maturity and then a fixed sum to repay the principal

{n: civil service} government workers; usually hired on the basis of competitive examinations

{n: constitutionalism} a constitutional system of government (usually with a written constitution)

{n: crossbench} any of the seats in the House of Commons used by members who do not vote regularly with either the government or the opposition

{n: death squad} a clandestine military or paramilitary team who murder political dissidents or petty criminals (usually with the government's tacit approval)

{n: double dipper} someone who draws two incomes from the government (usually by combining a salary and a pension)

{n: event planner} someone who plans social events as a profession (usually for government or corporate officials)

{n: food stamp} government-issued stamps used in exchange for food

{n: freedom of assembly} the right peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for redress of grievances; guaranteed by the 1st amendment to the US constitution

{n: insurgency, insurgence} an organized rebellion aimed at overthrowing a constituted government through the use of subversion and armed conflict

{n: jail, jailhouse, gaol, clink, slammer, poky, pokey} a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)

{n: militarism} a political orientation of a people or a government to maintain a strong military force and to be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests

{n: mortgage-backed security} a security created when a group of mortgages are gathered together and bonds are sold to other institutions or the public; investors receive a portion of the interest payments on the mortgages as well as the principal payments; usually guaranteed by the government

{n: price floor} floor below which prices are not allowed to fall
"the government used price supports to maintain the price floor"

{n: price support} a government subsidy used to maintain prices at a certain level

{n: protest march} occasion when you can express opposition by marching (usually on some government institution) without a license

{n: public works} structures (such as highways or schools or bridges or docks) constructed at government expense for public use

{n: republic} a form of government whose head of state is not a monarch
"the head of state in a republic is usually a president"

{n: squandermania} prodigious squandering (usually by a government)

{n: war power} an extraordinary power exercised (usually by the executive branch) in the prosecution of a war and involving an extension of the powers that the government normally has in peacetime

{v: freeze, block, immobilize, immobilise} prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
"Blocked funds"
"Freeze the assets of this hostile government"
<-> unblock, unfreeze

{v: oppress, suppress, crush} come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
"The government oppresses political activists"

{v: plot} plan secretly, usually something illegal
"They plotted the overthrow fo the government"


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