- a government by five persons.
- a governing body of five persons.
- a federation of five nations, each under its own government or ruler.
Origin of pentarchy
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In 1846 Russia was the first power of Europe, and at a great distance ahead of all other members of the Pentarchy.
But, as in the Saxon times this country was an heptarchy, it is now a strange sort of pentarchy.
- government by five rulers
- a ruling body of five
- a union or association of five kingdoms, provinces, etc, each under its own ruler
- a country ruled by a body of five
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