Tetrarchy

tetrarch

[te-trahrk, tee-]
noun
1.
any ruler of a fourth part, division, etc.
2.
a subordinate ruler.
3.
one of four joint rulers or chiefs.
4.
the ruler of the fourth part of a country or province in the ancient Roman Empire.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English, tetrarcha, tetrarke < Late Latin tetrarcha, variant of Latin tetrarchēs < Greek tetrárchēs. See tetr-, -arch

tetrarchy, tetrarchate [te-trahr-keyt, -kit, tee-] , noun
tetrarchic [te-trahr-kik, ti-] , tetrarchical, adjective
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tetrarch (ˈtɛtrɑːk)
 
n
1.  the ruler of one fourth of a country
2.  a subordinate ruler, esp of Syria under the Roman Empire
3.  the commander of one of the smaller subdivisions of a Macedonian phalanx
4.  any of four joint rulers
 
[C14: from Greek tetrarkhēs; see tetra-, -arch]
 
tetrarchate
 
n
 
te'trarchic
 
adj
 
te'trarchical
 
adj
 
'tetrarchy
 
n

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tetrarch
late O.E. tetrarche "ruler of one of four divisions of a kingdom or province," from L.L. tetrarcha, from Gk. tetrarkhes "leader of four companies, tetrarch," from tetra- "four" + arkhein "to rule" (see archon). Applied generally to subordinate rulers in the Roman Empire, especially in Syria.
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Tetrarch definition


strictly the ruler over the fourth part of a province; but the word denotes a ruler of a province generally (Matt. 14:1; Luke 3:1, 19; 9:7; Acts 13:1). Herod and Phasael, the sons of Antipater, were the first tetrarchs in Palestine. Herod the tetrarch had the title of king (Matt. 14:9).

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