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septemvirate

[sep-tem-ver-it, -vuh-reyt]
noun (in ancient Rome)
  1. the ruling body of septemvirs.
  2. the office or rule of this body.
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Origin of septemvirate

From the Latin word septemvirātus, dating back to 1630–40. See septemvir, -ate3
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