[ 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.
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Origin of pentarchy
OTHER WORDS FROM pentarchypentarch, nounpen·tar·chi·cal, adjective
Words nearby pentarchy
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How to use pentarchy in a sentence
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.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of pentarchypentarchical, adjective
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