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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
  • Cummings even had to ask the identity of the Irish member of the quadrumvirate, assuming at first it was Yeats.
  • Although power was divided among members in the quadrumvirate, the sharing was not even.
  • 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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