Definition of heptarchy in English:


Line breaks: hept|archy
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛptɑːki

noun (plural heptarchies)

  • 1A state or region consisting of seven autonomous regions.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Government by seven rulers.
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    • But if I know the circumstances or the people, I am of the opinion that this heptarchy cannot stand long.



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


Pronunciation: /-ˈtɑːkɪk(ə)l/
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  • 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.


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

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