kritarchy

Kritarchy

Kri"tarch*y\ (kr[imac]"t[aum]rk*[tcr]), n. [Gr. krith`s judge + 'archh` beginning, government.] The rule of the judges over Israel.

Samson, Jephthah, Gideon, and other heroes of the kritarchy. --Southey.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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