Definition of heptarchy in English:

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heptarchy

Pronunciation: /ˈhepˌtärkē/

noun (plural heptarchies)

1A country or region consisting of seven smaller, autonomous regions.
1.1Government by seven rulers.
Example sentences
  • But if I know the circumstances or the people, I am of the opinion that this heptarchy cannot stand long.

Derivatives

heptarchic

Pronunciation: /hepˈtärkik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • With the union of the heptarchy under the crown of Egbert, the heptarchic Witenagemots were merged in a single Witenagemot for united England.

heptarchical

Pronunciation: /hepˈtärkikəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Sometimes the scats were stamped with the svastica, or with runes - a peculiarity that does not appear upon any coins issued by the southern kings of the heptarchical period.
  • Seven is the number of the heptarchical Kings and Princes, while twelve is the number of the angels of the tribes of Israel.

Origin

Late 16th century: from hepta- 'seven' + Greek arkhia 'rule', on the pattern of tetrarchy.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: hep·tar·chy

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