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It is the want of this self-rule that is the cause of so much that is bad in the world.

I am individually working for the self-rule pictured therein.

I have asked you about Home or Self-Rule; you are discussing foreign rule.

It may be a long time before Spain learns the restraint of self-rule.

If this be so, that privilege of self-rule which they have acquired, has been the cause of their success.

It was necessary to show that the Kingdom had become incapable of self-rule.

The essence of gentlemanliness is self-rule, the sovereignty of the soul.

There was no self-rule, and the mass of the French people were illiterate and miserably poor.

Hence his programme for them was an extremely gradual introduction of the principle of self-rule.

Yet in the same apostrophe to rebellion, Jefferson declares that the French people were too shallow for self-rule.


c.1200, "principle or maxim governing conduct, formula to which conduct must be conformed" from Old French riule, Norman reule "rule, custom, (religious) order" (in Modern French partially re-Latinized as règle), from Vulgar Latin *regula, from Latin regula "straight stick, bar, ruler;" figuratively "a pattern, a model," related to regere "to rule, straighten, guide" (see regal). Replaced Old English wealdan.

Meaning "regulation governing play of a game, etc." is from 1690s. Phrase rule of thumb first attested 1690s. Rule of law "supremacy of impartial and well-defined laws to any individual's power" is from 1883. Meaning "strip used for making straight lines or measuring" is recorded from mid-14c. Typography sense is attested from 1680s.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.