- Decemvirate (specific uses)
decemvirate (plural decemvirates)
- (historical) The time, office, or rule of the Decemvirs, 2 groups of 10 men selected in 451 and 450 B.C. to wield complete power over Rome and establish the laws of the Twelve Tables.
- Any council or ruling body of 10 people, as the Venetian Council of Ten.
- See decemvir
|2||biarchy / diarchy / duumvirate|
|3||triarchy / triumvirate|
|4||tetrarchy / quadrumvirate|
|8||octarchy / octovirate|
|10||decarchy / decemvirate|
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.