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septemvirate

[sep-tem-ver-it, -vuh-reyt] /sɛpˈtɛm vər ɪt, -vəˌreɪt/
noun, (in ancient Rome)
1.
the ruling body of septemvirs.
2.
the office or rule of this body.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Latin septemvirātus. See septemvir, -ate3
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