interregnum


in·ter·reg·num

noun \ˌin-tə-ˈreg-nəm\
plural in·ter·reg·nums or in·ter·reg·na\-nə\

Definition of INTERREGNUM

1
:  the time during which a throne is vacant between two successive reigns or regimes
2
:  a period during which the normal functions of government or control are suspended
3
:  a lapse or pause in a continuous series

Examples of INTERREGNUM

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

Origin of INTERREGNUM

Latin, from inter- + regnum reign — more at reign
First Known Use: 1590

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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