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decemvir

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noun de·cem·vir \di-ˈsem-vər\

Definition of decemvir

  1. :  one of a ruling body of 10; specifically :  one of a body of 10 magistrates in ancient Rome

decemviral play \-vər-əl\ adjective
decemvirate play \-vər-ət\ noun


Origin of decemvir

Middle English, from Latin, back-formation from decemviri, plural, from decem + viri, plural of vir man — more at virile


First Known Use: 15th century


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