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decemvirate (plural decemvirates)

  1. The office or term of office of the decemvirs of ancient Rome, who had absolute authority for two years.
  2. A body of ten men in authority.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.