Definition of res publica in English:

res publica


  • 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.’
    • ‘The inner forum, our self-awareness in foro interno, disturbs the outer forum of the republic, the res publica.’
    • ‘The public was the res publica or nation as a whole rather than an aspect of it, and the nation was embodied or ‘represented’ in the divinely anointed or providentially empowered figure of the king.’
    • ‘The word is derived from the Latin res publica, or ‘public affair’, and suggests an ownership and control of the state by the population at large.’
    • ‘Too often these days we reduce philosophy to confession and intimacy to kitsch precisely because we live without a sense of the democratic res publica.’
    • ‘Only a tiny minority had a real political role in the res publica as a whole.’
    • ‘The story is, in effect, a theater review, with the viewers of the speech assumed to be an audience that wants to be entertained and impressed rather than a public - the citizens of a res publica - needing to be convinced.’
    • ‘They have helped to re-awaken a notion of the res publica: a decent realm which we can all share with dignity.’
    • ‘They are seen, like firemen and policemen, as guardians of the public good, of the res publica, those things of the public that we all care about.’
    • ‘In The City of God, St Augustine revised Cicero's famous definition of a res publica to read: ‘a multitude of rational beings united by agreeing to share the things they love.’’
    • ‘The condition of openness implied by the term res publica facilitates opportunities for an awareness of contingencies bearing on human interest evoking satisfaction, indifference, of dissatisfaction.’
    • ‘A typical novus homo (first of his family to reach the senate and/or consulship), like Cato the Elder before him and Cicero after him, Marius wanted to beat the nobles at their own game and win acceptance as a leader of their res publica.’
    • ‘The res publica, as the popes called it, was intended to represent a restored Roman state with authority in much of Italy under secular papal rule.’
    • ‘Third, the justification for taxation resides in an obligation to contribute to the funding of the res publica.’
    • ‘The term republic comes from Latin word res publica meaning ‘public affairs.’’
    • ‘It represented the separation of the private household and its economy from the sphere of collective public institutions - the polis or res publica.’
    • ‘The original Latin term res publica means ‘public thing.’’


res publica

/ˌrās ˈpo͝obləkə/ /ˌreɪs ˈpʊbləkə/


Latin, literally ‘public matter’.