pentarchy

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From Late Latin pentarchia, from Ancient Greek πενταρχία (pentarkhía), from πεντα- (penta-, penta-: five) + -αρχία (-arkhía, -archy: rule), perhaps via Middle French pentarchie. Equivalent to pent- +‎ -archy.

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pentarchy (plural pentarchies)

  1. (politics) Government by five persons.
  2. A governing body consisting of five persons.
  3. A federation of five nations, each under its own government or ruler.

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