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septemvirate

[sep-tem-ver-it, -vuh-reyt]
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noun (in ancient Rome)
  1. the ruling body of septemvirs.
  2. the office or rule of this body.

Origin of septemvirate

From the Latin word septemvirātus, dating back to 1630–40. See septemvir, -ate3
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