octarchy

[ ok-tahr-kee ]
/ ˈɒk tɑr ki /
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noun, plural oc·tar·chies.

a government by eight persons.
a group of eight states or kingdoms.

Nearby words

  1. octanoic acid,
  2. octans,
  3. octant,
  4. octantal,
  5. octantis,
  6. octaroon,
  7. octastyle,
  8. octateuch,
  9. octaval,
  10. octavalent

Origin of octarchy

First recorded in 1795–1805; oct- + -archy

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Examples from the Web for octarchy

  • Finally, to use the quaint phrase of the Chancellor Whitelock, “the Octarchy was brought into one.”

  • Thus an octarchy was established, formed of the following eight distinct states.



British Dictionary definitions for octarchy

octarchy

/ (ˈɒktɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies

government by eight rulers
a confederacy of eight kingdoms, tribes, etc
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