te·​trar·​chy ˈte-ˌträr-kē How to pronounce tetrarchy (audio)
plural tetrarchies
: government by four persons ruling jointly

Examples of tetrarchy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Emperor Diocletian tried to bring order by distributing power to a four-ruler tetrarchy that would govern the four quarters of the empire. Kristin Baird Rattini, National Geographic, 25 Feb. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tetrarchy was in the 15th century

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“Tetrarchy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tetrarchy. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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