- an interval of time between the close of a sovereign's reign and the accession of his or her normal or legitimate successor.
- any period during which a state has no ruler or only a temporary executive.
- any period of freedom from the usual authority.
- any pause or interruption in continuity.
Origin of interregnum
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Examples from the Web for interregnum
Throughout the bitter four-month interregnum, President Herbert Hoover had tried to get FDR to endorse joint policy statements.What Obama and McCain Can Learn From FDR
October 10, 2008
I hover over my racked body like a ghost, and exist in an interregnum.Dreamers of the Ghetto
At length the matter was adjusted, after an interregnum of three weeks.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
After an interregnum, Rudolf of Hapsburg had been chosen emperor in 1273.An Introduction to the History of Western Europe
James Harvey Robinson
We can account, to some extent, for this interregnum or spiritual life, but only to some extent.Introduction to Robert Browning
The interregnum has been long, both as to time and distance.The Innocents Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- an interval between two reigns, governments, incumbencies, etc
- any period in which a state lacks a ruler, government, etc
- a period of absence of some control, authority, etc
- a gap in a continuity
C16: from Latin, from inter- + regnum reign
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Word Origin and History for interregnum
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