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interrex

[in-ter-reks]
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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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Examples from the Web for interrex

Historical Examples

  • Interrex, in′tėr-reks, n. one who rules during an interregnum: a regent.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)

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  • The interrex who presided over the comitia proclaimed, without opposition, Crassus and Pompey consuls.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2

    Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.

  • The patricians, now that the republic was without any curule magistrate, assembled together and elected an interrex.

  • Finally, the people elected to every magistracy with the exception of the occasional offices of Dictator and Interrex.


British Dictionary definitions for interrex

interrex

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

C16: from Latin, from inter- + rēx king
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