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Definition of Fourth estate

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public press
Fourth estate Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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fourth estate
1. newspaper writers and photographers [syn: press]

2. newspapers and magazines collectively [syn: journalism, news media ]

WordNet 2.0

1. newspaper writers and photographers
(synonym) press
(hypernym) estate, estate of the realm
(hyponym) gutter press
2. newspapers and magazines collectively
(synonym) journalism, news media
(hypernym) print media
(hyponym) Fleet Street
(substance-meronym) copy
Fourth estate Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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The Fourth Estate (or fourth power) is a societal or political force or institution whose influence is not consistently or officially recognized. "Fourth Estate" most commonly refers to the news media, especially print journalism or "the press". Thomas Carlyle attributed the origin of the term to Edmund Burke, who used it in a parliamentary debate in 1787 on the opening up of press reporting of the House of Commons of Great Britain. Earlier writers have applied the term to lawyers, to the British queens consort (acting as a free agent, independent of the king), and to the proletariat. The term makes implicit reference to the earlier division of the three Estates of the Realm.

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