The British government in, or its dominion over, the states of India.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of raj
Hindi rājfrom Sanskrit rājākingreg- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Hindustanià¤°à¤¾à¤œ / Ø±Ø§Ø¬ (rÄj), from Sanskrità¤°à¤¾à¤œà¥à¤¯ (rÄjyÃ¡, “royalty, kingship, sovereignty, empire").
Raj Sentence Examples
He remained throughout unflinchingly loyal to the British Raj, and by his vast and unquestioned influence among the frontier tribes on the northern borders of India he exercised a control over their unruly passions in times of trouble, which proved of invaluable service in the several expeditions led by British arms on the north-west frontier of India.
The raj was founded in 1657 by Abu Ra Kapur, of the Kapur Khatri family of Kotli in Lahore, Punjab, whose descendants served in turn the Mogul emperors and the British government.
In 1182 the Chandel dynasty was overthrown by Prithwi Raj, the ruler of Ajmer and Delhi, after which the country remained in ruinous anarchy until the close of the 14th century, when the Bundelas, a spurious offshoot of the Garhwa tribe of Rajputs, established themselves on the right bank of the Jumna.
His charities were without limit; thus he contributed £300,000 for the relief of the sufferers from the Bengal famine of 1873-1874, and it is computed that during his possession of the raj he expended at least f 2,000,000 on charities, works of public utility, and charitable remissions of rent.