diarchy

or dy·ar·chy

[ dahy-ahr-kee ]
/ ˈdaɪ ɑr ki /
|

noun, plural di·ar·chies.

government in which power is vested in two rulers or authorities.

Nearby words

  1. diapophysis,
  2. diapositive,
  3. diapsid,
  4. diarbekr,
  5. diarch,
  6. diarist,
  7. diarize,
  8. diarrhea,
  9. diarrhetic,
  10. diarrhoea

Origin of diarchy

First recorded in 1825–35; di-1 + -archy

Related formsdi·ar·chi·al, di·ar·chic, adjective

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Examples from the Web for diarchy

  • 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
  • This diarchy was to hold for both the central and provincial governments.

    The New World of Islam|Lothrop Stoddard


British Dictionary definitions for diarchy

diarchy

dyarchy

/ (ˈdaɪɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies

government by two states, individuals, etc
Derived Formsdiarchic, diarchical, diarchal, dyarchic, dyarchical or dyarchal, adjective

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