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interregnum

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noun in·ter·reg·num \ˌin-tə-ˈreg-nəm\

Definition of interregnum

plural

interregnums

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interregna

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  1. 1 :  the time during which a throne is vacant between two successive reigns or regimes

  2. 2 :  a period during which the normal functions of government or control are suspended

  3. 3 :  a lapse or pause in a continuous series



Examples of interregnum in a sentence

  1. <the democratic regime proved to be a short-lived interregnum between dictatorships>



Origin and Etymology of interregnum

Latin, from inter- + regnum reign — more at reign


First Known Use: 1590


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