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decemvirate

[dih-sem-ver-it, -vuh-reyt]
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noun
  1. a board or group of decemvirs.
  2. the office or government of decemvirs.

Origin of decemvirate

From the Latin word decemvirātus, dating back to 1610–20. See decemvir, -ate3
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Historical Examples

  • Two years were spent by this commission, and upon their return in 452 the above mentioned Decemvirate was appointed.

    History of Rome from the Earliest times down to 476 AD

    Robert F. Pennell

  • The lore was complete about the time of the decemvirate, but decreta must have been continually added (p. 23).

  • On the whole we may put the great period of the college between the decemvirate and the war with Hannibal.

  • The decemvirate instituted at Rome; the Twelve Tables of law framed.


British Dictionary definitions for decemvirate

decemvirate

noun
  1. a board of decemvirs
  2. the rule or rank of decemvirs
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