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Friday, January 05, 2007

Definitions for interregnum

  1. The interval between two reigns; any period when a state is left without a ruler.
  2. A period of freedom from authority or during which government functions are suspended.
  3. Any breach of continuity in an order; a lapse or interval in a continuity.

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Citations for interregnum
Forewarned by his equations that the Galactic Empire is about to collapse, Seldon hopes to shorten the inevitable interregnum from a predicted 30,000 years of bloody anarchy to a mere thousand. Gerald Jonas, New York Times
They were at the moment enjoying a sort of interregnum from Roman authority. Frederic William Farrar, Life of St. Paul
Origin of interregnum
1570-1580
Interregnum is from the Latin, from inter, "between" + regnum, "dominion, reign, rule," from rex, "king."