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or dyarchy

[dahy-ahr-kee] /ˈdaɪ ɑr ki/
noun, plural diarchies.
government in which power is vested in two rulers or authorities.
Origin of diarchy
First recorded in 1825-35; di-1 + -archy
Related forms
diarchial, diarchic, adjective Unabridged
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  • This diarchy was to hold for both the central and provincial governments.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • diarchy, dī′ar-ki, n. a form of government in which two persons are jointly vested with supreme power—less correctly Dī′narchy.

  • The diarchy, however, as might have been expected, was found not to work very successfully in practice.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for diarchy


noun (pl) -chies
government by two states, individuals, etc
Derived Forms
diarchic, diarchical, diarchal, dyarchic, dyarchical, dyarchal, adjective
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