- supreme power or office.
Origin of principate
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Examples from the Web for principate
How, then, is it lawful to incriminate the Principate of the whole Church?The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI
Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
It was useless to demand that a man be proclaimed to the principate if that man be dead."Unto Caesar"
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Under the principate their status underwent a marked decline.
One result of the establishment of the Principate was the consolidation of the public domain.
The formal recitation, recitation as a 'function', would seem to be the creation of the Principate.
- a state ruled by a prince
- a form of rule in the early Roman Empire in which some republican forms survived
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