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Empire vs Country - What's the difference?

empire | country |

As nouns the difference between empire and country

is that empire is a political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority while country is an area of land; a district, region.

As an adjective country is

from or in the countryside or connected with it.



(wikipedia empire)


(en noun)
  • A political unit having an extensive territory or comprising a number of territories or nations and ruled by a single supreme authority.
  • A group of states or other territories that owe allegiance to a foreign power.
  • A state ruled by an emperor.
  • An expansive and wealthy corporation.
  • the McDonald's fast food empire

    Derived terms

    * American Empire * British Empire * First French Empire * German Empire * Holy Roman Empire * Portuguese Empire * Roman Empire * Second French Empire * Spanish Empire * empirehood * global empire * colonial empire


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  • (label) An area of land; a district, region.
  • * 2010 , David Vann, The Observer , 7 Mar 2010:
  • We walk along flat, open country , red dirt and spinifex grass, a few short trees.
  • A set region of land having particular human occupation or agreed limits, especially inhabited by members of the same race, language speakers etc., or associated with a given person, occupation, species etc.
  • * 2007 , Chris Moss, The Guardian , 17 Feb 2007:
  • This is condor country - the only region this far east where you can see the magnificent vulture - and a small national park straddling the passes, El Condorito, is a good stopover for walkers and birders.
  • The territory of a nation, especially an independent nation state or formerly independent nation; a political entity asserting ultimate authority over a geographical area.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=5 , passage=By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country .}}
  • * 1994 , (Nelson Mandela), Long Walk to Freedom , Abacus 2010, p. 3:
  • It is a beautiful country of rolling hills, fertile valleys, and a thousand rivers and streams which keep the landscape green even in winter.
  • * 2010 , The Economist , 3 Feb 2011:
  • These days corporate Germany looks rather different. Volkswagen, the country ’s leading carmaker, wants to be the world’s biggest by 2018.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= T time , passage=The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries' by locating intellectual property in them, which is then licensed to related businesses in high-tax ' countries , is often assumed to be the preserve of high-tech companies.}}
  • *, II.17:
  • *:I was borne and brought up in the Countrie , and amidst husbandry.
  • * 2000 , Alexander Chancellor, The Guardian , 4 Mar.:
  • I have always thought that one of the main reasons for the popularity of blood sports in the country is the pointlessness of going outdoors with no purpose or destination in mind.
  • Country music.
  • (label) The rock through which a vein runs.
  • Derived terms

    /* Derived terms */ * country mile * countryside * countrywide * high country * old country

    See also



  • From or in the countryside or connected with it.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=When this conversation was repeated in detail within the hearing of the young woman in question, and undoubtedly for his benefit, Mr. Trevor threw shame to the winds and scandalized the Misses Brewster then and there by proclaiming his father to have been a country storekeeper.}}
  • Of or connected to country music.
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