- a member of a permanent board or a special commission of ten members in ancient Rome, especially the commission that drew up Rome's first code of law.
- a member of any council or ruling body of ten.
Origin of decemvir
1570–80; < Latin, orig. plural decemvirī, equivalent to decem ten + virī men
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Examples from the Web for decemvirs
The usurped government of the Decemvirs in Rome was of the same kind.The Commonwealth of Oceana
The rigor of the decemvirs was tempered by the equity of the prtors.
The rigor of the decemvirs was tempered by the equity of the praetors.
But though the decemvirs had been spared from death by fire, they were not forgiven.Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)
All these acts were performed according to the injunctions of the decemvirs.The History of Rome, Books 37 to the End
- (in ancient Rome) a member of a board of ten magistrates, esp either of the two commissions established in 451 and 450 bc to revise the laws
- a member of any governing body composed of ten men
C17: from Latin, from decem ten + virī men
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