Definition of the Defence of the Realm Act from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Defence of the Realm Act

 
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a law introduced by the British government in 1914 to give special powers to the authorities in Ireland. At that time, after the beginning of the war between Britain and Germany, the British government feared a revolution in Ireland with German support. After the Easter Rising (1917) against British rule in Ireland, the Act was used to arrest and put in prison many people who had supported the rising.