A regime is the ruling government of a country. The amount of freedom and restriction that citizens of a country have can change from regime to regime.

Regime takes its militaristic and government feel from the Latin word regimen "to rule." A political regime has a negative association to it that makes you think of totalitarian governments. How did it come to mean "diet" or "program of exercise" as well? If you are put on a regime of exercise and healthy eating, you are ordered by a doctor to do these things and it probably feels like you're being ruled sometimes!

Primary Meanings of regime

the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit
(medicine) a systematic plan for therapy (often including diet)
Full Definitions of regime

n the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit

authorities, government
the federal government of the United States
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authoritarian regime, authoritarian state
a government that concentrates political power in an authority not responsible to the people
a government that is administered primarily by bureaus that are staffed with nonelective officials
ancien regime
a political and social system that no longer governs (especially the system that existed in France before the French Revolution)
court, royal court
the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state
Downing Street
the British government
a group of countries under a single authority
federal government
a government with strong central powers
a temporary government moved to or formed in a foreign land by exiles who hope to rule when their country is liberated
local government
the government of a local area
military government, stratocracy
government by the military and an army
the governing group of a kingdom
papacy, pontificate
the government of the Roman Catholic Church
pupet regime, puppet government, puppet state
a government that is appointed by and whose affairs are directed by an outside authority that may impose hardships on those governed
the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state
state government
the government of a state in the United States
totalitarian state, totalitation regime
a government that subordinates the individual to the state and strictly controls all aspects of life by coercive measures
Court of Saint James's
the British royal court
Porte, Sublime Porte
the Ottoman court in Constantinople
the government of the Soviet Union
welfare state
a government that undertakes responsibility for the welfare of its citizens through programs in public health and public housing and pensions and unemployment compensation etc.
municipal government
the government of a municipality
town meeting
government of a town by an assembly of the qualified voters
U.S., U.S. government, US Government, United States, United States government
the executive and legislative and judicial branches of the federal government of the United States
Type of:
a politically organized unit

n (medicine) a systematic plan for therapy (often including diet)

Type of:
plan, program, programme
a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished

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