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[doo-uhm-ver-it, dyoo-]
  1. a coalition of two persons holding the same office, as in ancient Rome.
  2. the office or government of two such persons.
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Origin of duumvirate

From the Latin word duumvirātus, dating back to 1650–60. See duumvir, -ate3
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Examples from the Web for duumvirate

Historical Examples of duumvirate

  • Of what did the duumvirate deliberate during their itinerary?


    James Joyce

  • The duumvirate did not last, and the count and Nino soon quarrelled.

  • Rarely does history exhibit such a duumvirate as that of Epaminondas and Pelopidas.

    A Manual of Ancient History

    A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren

  • But the Duumvirate seemed utterly incapable of devising a coherent policy for central or eastern Europe.

British Dictionary definitions for duumvirate


  1. the office of or government by duumvirs
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