pentarchy

[ pen-tahr-kee ]
/ ˈpɛn tɑr ki /
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noun, plural pen·tar·chies.

a government by five persons.
a governing body of five persons.
a federation of five nations, each under its own government or ruler.

Nearby words

  1. pentapody,
  2. pentaprism,
  3. pentaptych,
  4. pentaquark,
  5. pentaquine,
  6. pentastich,
  7. pentastome,
  8. pentastomid,
  9. pentastyle,
  10. pentastylos

Origin of pentarchy

From the Greek word pentarchía, dating back to 1580–90. See pent(a)-, -archy

Related formspen·tarch, nounpen·tar·chi·cal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pentarchy

pentarchy

/ (ˈpɛntɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies

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
Derived Formspentarchical, adjective

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