Commonwealth is a traditional English term for a political community founded for the common good. Historically, it has sometimes been synonymous with "republic".
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... Commonwealth forces numbering about 6,500–6,800 men(of which about 5,500, or about 80 percent were the famous "winged" hussars) under Hetman Stanisław Żółkiewski ... did not take part in combat (remained in camp, reserve or was delayed), the numbers were 12,300 Commonwealth soldiers against 48,000 soldiers under Russian command ... The Commonwealth army was supported by two cannons (some sources say four), and the Tsardom of Russia by 11 ...
... There were 170 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older ...
... The Commonwealth Secretariat is the main intergovernmental agency and central institution of the Commonwealth of Nations ... members organising meetings, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) assisting and advising on policy development and ... royal palace that was given by Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth ...
... Commonwealth of England Oliver Cromwell ... Oliver, by the grace of God, of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland, etc ... Richard, by the grace of God, of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland, etc ...
... Meanwhile, the Commonwealth forces were exhausted and more interested in looting the camp and (according to Podhorecki) did not attempt to stop the ... Commonwealth took much loot and trophies, from luxury goods (gold, silver, furs) to military equipment (including all 11 Russian artillery pieces) to ... Boyars then proclaimed the Polish prince of the Commonwealth Władysław IV Waza as the new Tsar of Russia ...
More definitions of "commonwealth":
- (noun): A politically organized body of people under a single government.
Synonyms: state, nation, country, land, res publica, body politic
- (noun): A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.
Synonyms: democracy, republic
- (noun): A world organization of autonomous states that are united in allegiance to a central power but are not subordinate to it or to one another.
Famous quotes containing the word commonwealth:
“Was I not born in this Realm? Were my parents born in any foreign country?... Is not my Kingdom here? Whom have I oppressed? Whom have I enriched to others harm? What turmoil have I made to this Commonwealth that I should be suspected to have no regard of the same?”
—Elizabeth I (15331603)
“The commonwealth of Athens is become a forest of beasts.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)
“Honorable Senators: My sincerest thanks I offer you. Conserve the firm foundations of our institutions. Do your work with the spirit of a soldier in the public service. Be loyal to the Commonwealth and to yourselves and be brief; above all be brief.”
—Calvin Coolidge (18721933)