noun (plural diarchies)[mass noun]
Government by two independent authorities (especially in India 1919–35).
- Nigerian intellectuals, in particular, and African intellectuals, in general, have also debated other alternative forms of democracy similar to diarchy.
- This system of dyarchy was abolished by the Government of India Act, which gave the provincial assemblies full responsibility for government.
- Raymond Barre told the UDF group in parliament in September 1983 that according to de Gaulle there could be no diarchy at the summit of the state; a president faced by a hostile Assembly would either have to dissolve it or himself resign.
- Example sentences
- On the termination of the First World War, another installment of reforms was conferred in 1920, which created a diarchal form of Government placing wider powers in Indian hands, by associating them increasingly with civil administration and putting the " transferred subjects’ under the direct control of responsible Ministers.
- As the women's revolution begins to have its effect upon the fabric of society, transforming it from patriarchy into something that never existed before - into a diarchal situation that is radically new, it will, I believe, become the greatest single potential challenge to Christianity to rid itself of its oppressive tendencies or go out of business.
- Example sentences
- It hardly bears repetition that the civilian component is subordinate to the military in the diarchic scheme.
- Franco's authority was dyarchic with that of the church.
- There are indications that the intelligentsia, the masses, and even sections of officialdom are disillusioned with the dyarchic system in place.
Late 19th century: from di-1 'two' + Greek arkhia 'rule', on the pattern of monarchy.
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