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interregnum

Syllabification: in·ter·reg·num
Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈreɡnəm
 
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Definition of interregnum in English:

noun (plural interregnums or interregna /-nə/)

1A period when normal government is suspended, especially between successive reigns or regimes.
Example sentences
  • Ancient Mesopotamia is a symbolic resource for a future Iraq as it was once before during a short interregnum before the Ba'athist regime came to power in 1963.
  • It is for this reason that the imagery of the 1990s as an interregnum is somewhat misleading.
  • They couldn't get him out of committee during the Democratic interregnum.
1.1An interval or pause: the interregnum between the discovery of radioactivity and its detailed understanding
More example sentences
  • The optimum time for the church to discuss the possible resignation of the pope would be during an interregnum - after a pope's death and before the cardinals elect his successor.
  • During our church's interregnum last year, his strength and gifting as a preacher became apparent to the leadership.
  • After a long interregnum, worshippers at the historic Tottlebank Baptist Church at Bouth, near Greenodd, celebrated the induction of a new pastor on Saturday.

Origin

late 16th century (denoting temporary rule between reigns or during suspension of normal government): from Latin, from inter- 'between' + regnum 'reign'.

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