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pentarchy

[pen-tahr-kee] /ˈpɛn tɑr ki/
noun, plural pentarchies.
1.
a government by five persons.
2.
a governing body of five persons.
3.
a federation of five nations, each under its own government or ruler.
Origin of pentarchy
1580-1590
1580-90; < Greek pentarchía. See pent(a)-, -archy
Related forms
pentarch, noun
pentarchical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pentarchy

pentarchy

/ˈpɛntɑːkɪ/
noun (pl) -chies
1.
government by five rulers
2.
a ruling body of five
3.
a union or association of five kingdoms, provinces, etc, each under its own ruler
4.
a country ruled by a body of five
Derived Forms
pentarchical, adjective
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