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quadrumvirate Line breaks: quad|rum¦vir|ate
Pronunciation: /kwɒˈdrʌmvɪrət/

Definition of quadrumvirate in English:


A group of four powerful or notable people.
Example sentences
  • The quadrumvirate of men who provide blurbs for Kirby's fifth collection, read like a who's who of the book's poetic influences.
  • He has two quadrumvirates on which he depends: Robinson, Dickinson, Frost and Millay in poetry, and, less rhythmically, Faulkner, Hemingway, Cather and Lawrence among the prose writers.
  • He was one of a quadrumvirate of Norwegians who developed much of the basis for modern econometrics.


Mid 18th century: from Latin quadru- 'four' + triumvirate.

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