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Sunday, October 15, 2000

interregnum

\in-tuhr-REG-nuhm\ , noun;
plural interregnums \-nuhmz\ or interregna \-nuh\
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.
Quotes:
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, review of Foundation's Fear, by Gregory Benford, New York Times, April 6, 1997
They were at the moment enjoying a sort of interregnum from Roman authority.
-- Frederic William Farrar, Life of St. Paul
Architecture Culture presents 74 essays, speeches and magazine articles from the postwar era, a period Ms. Ockman describes as an interregnum between modernism and post-modernism.
-- Herbert Muschamp, "The Creative Ferment Behind the Glass Boxes", New York Times, June 13, 1993
Origin:
Interregnum is from the Latin, from inter, "between" + regnum, "dominion, reign, rule," from rex, "king."
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