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duumvirate

Syllabification: du·um·vi·rate
Pronunciation: /ˌd(y)o͞oˈəmvərət
 
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Definition of duumvirate in English:

noun

A coalition of two people having joint authority or influence.
Example sentences
  • Townshend remained in office until his resignation in 1730, and for most of the 1720s the ministry should be seen as a duumvirate.
  • The duumvirate that has governed New Labour for a decade is just about stable…
  • Adding to latent mistrust of West Paksitan among Bengalis was the duumvirate's removal of him from Prime Ministership.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin duumviratus.

Words that rhyme with duumvirate

triumvirate

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