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interrex

[in-ter-reks]
noun, plural in·ter·re·ges [in-ter-ree-jeez] /ˌɪn tərˈri dʒiz/.
  1. a person holding supreme authority in a state during an interregnum.
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Origin of interrex

From Latin, dating back to 1570–80; see origin at inter-, rex
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Historical Examples of interreges

  • In 55, 53 and 52 interreges are again found, the last-mentioned being on the occasion when Pompey was elected sole consul.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6

    Various

  • When Flaminius and his colleague had resigned their offices, Marcellus was designated consul by the interreges.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

    Aubrey Stewart & George Long

  • Interreges were appointed when there were no consuls, to hold comitia for the election of new ones.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

    Aubrey Stewart & George Long


British Dictionary definitions for interreges

interrex

noun plural interreges (ˌɪntəˈriːdʒiːz)
  1. a person who governs during an interregnum; provisional ruler
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Word Origin for interrex

C16: from Latin, from inter- + rēx king
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