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duumvir Line breaks: du¦um|vir
Pronunciation: /djuːˈʌmvə/

Definition of duumvir in English:

noun

(In ancient Rome) each of two magistrates or officials holding a joint office.
Example sentences
  • He had risen through the bureaucracy of Naples as municipal quaestor, aedile, duumvir.
  • There is no mention of any veto power, and the officials are duumvirs, aediles, augurs, and priests.
  • As the city's prefects, the duumvirs are jointly responsible for the protection of the city, the criminal court and the general good order.

Origin

Latin, from duum virum 'of the two men'.

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